Reports indicate that an estimated 167,000 people are without power in Georgia and South Carolina as of Thursday, September 5, due to the passage of Hurricane Dorian, now a category 3 storm. Heavy rains and strong wind gusts were also reported in the early morning hours (local time) in South Carolina. On September 2, authorities, issued evacuation orders for both states' coastal counties; more than 1 million people are affected. Dorian will arrive in North Carolina and southeast Virginia by Thursday, and into Friday, September 6. Evacuations orders have been issued in some parts of North Carolina, notably in Dare County. Further, a state of emergency has been declared in Virginia on Wednesday, September 4, though no generalized evacuation orders have been issued as Hurricane Dorian approaches the state. A Tropical Storm Watch has now also been issued in parts of Massachusetts, from Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach.
As of 05:00 on Thursday, the center of Hurricane Dorian is located at approximately 31.7°N 79.5°W (map here) and is tracking north at 13 kph (8 mph). The storm has maximum sustained winds of 185 kph (115 mph). The storm is expected to move north-northeast, parallel to the eastern coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina, possibly making landfall, on Thursday, September 5, through Friday, September 6. Storm surge may cause water to rise to as high as 2.4 m (8 ft) above ground level in some coastal areas of North and South Carolina. Rainfall of up to 38 cm (15 in) is forecast in the coastal Carolinas, possibly leading to flash flooding.
Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the abovementioned states. Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are to be expected in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Hurricane Dorian are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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