RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The latest on Hurricane Dorian as it makes its way up the East Coast:
New hurricane warnings and watches have been issued for eastern Canada as Hurricane Dorian crawls up the East Coast.
Tropical Storm warnings have also been issued for parts of Maine, Massachusetts and Delaware.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says hurricane conditions are expected in eastern Nova Scotia on Saturday.
The storm is moving away from North Carolina’s coast after making landfall Friday morning on the Outer Banks. Dorian’s center is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving northeast near 21 mph (34 kph). The hurricane center says Dorian is expected to increase its forward speed through Saturday night.
Earlier this week, the storm slammed the Bahamas, killing at least 30 people and obliterating countless homes.
The United Nations said Friday that the International Office on Migration is providing 1,000 tarps to replace roofs stripped from homes by Hurricane Dorian on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the migration office stressed that the priority right now is search and rescue operations. He says that after everyone has been rescued and the wounded safely evacuated, the agency will focus on providing temporary shelter for those who lost their homes.
Dujarric said the World Health Organization reports it’s focusing on providing clinical care, food supplies, safe drinking water and sanitation to survivors.
Officials say 30 people have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas, but the toll is sure to rise.
Early in-person voting for a closely watched North Carolina congressional race has been extended in counties that shuttered voting sites due to Hurricane Dorian .
The State Board of Elections says voting in Cumberland, Scotland, Robeson and Bladen counties has resumed Friday for the 9th Congressional District special election and will continue there through Saturday. Early voting in other 9th District counties further inland that didn’t halt balloting will end Friday as scheduled.
State law gives the board’s executive director emergency powers during a disaster. Democrat Dan McCready, Republican Dan Bishop and two other candidates are running in the 9th District.
More early-vote extensions are being considered for the coastal 3rd District special election, where all counties closed sites early due to Dorian.
Election day is Tuesday for both races.
A Florida cruise ship plans to bring back Bahamians who want to evacuate the hurricane-ravaged country after disembarking in Grand Bahama island with supplies, first responders and volunteers.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s CEO Oneil Khosa told The Associated Press more than 500 volunteers signed up to travel to help storm victims. The company says those traveling need to work in health care or construction.
Khosa says Bahamians who want to leave the island to go to Florida would have to be properly documented and get to Freeport on Friday. The ship is expected to return to the Port of Palm Beach early Saturday.
The company canceled its regular cruise trip to turn it into a humanitarian mission. The Grand Celebration ship has capacity for 1,800 travelers.
Hurricane Dorian has given the U.S. mainland only a glancing blow after wreaking havoc on the Bahamas, where more than 30 people have been killed.
In Grand Bahama, a long line has formed at a cruise ship that docked to distribute food and water to survivors.
Among those waiting was Wellisy Taylor, a 65-year-old housewife. She said Bahamians had not received help yet from their government.
She says islanders know that the government will take care of “its people,” but she expects help won’t come overnight.
She says Bahamians have to band together and share what they’ve got with each other. She says that’s how she grew up, that’s the Bahamas she knows. She says “we’re going to have to go right back to that same Bahamas. All for one and one for all.”
All evacuation orders in South Carolina have been lifted as waters from Hurricane Dorian recede and the storm continues up the Atlantic coast.
Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the remaining evacuation orders lifted in areas of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown, and Horry counties. Orders in Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties were lifted on Thursday.
McMaster had ordered the evacuation of South Carolina’s entire coast earlier this week as Dorian churned its way toward the U.S. mainland. All lanes of Interstate 26, the main thoroughfare connecting the city of Charleston to the state’s interior, were pointed westward to quickly evacuate as many residents as possible. State officials said 441,000 people pulled out ahead of Dorian.
Now they can come back after Dorian gave the state what turned out to be only a glancing blow.
South Carolina’s governor is flying around the state to survey any damage from Hurricane Dorian.
Gov. Henry McMaster’s office says the governor is visiting emergency operations centers in Horry, Georgetown and Charleston counties Friday. Late Friday afternoon, the governor planned to talk to reporters after meeting with officials during his final stop in North Charleston.
Dorian sideswiped the Carolinas with shrieking winds, tornadoes and sideways rain Thursday as it closed in for a possible direct hit on the dangerously exposed Outer Banks. At least four deaths in the Southeast were blamed on the storm.
North Carolina emergency officials remain worried about storm surge and flash flooding from Hurricane Dorian as it churns up the Atlantic coast. But preliminary damage reports from where the hurricane has departed are better than feared.
Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday there’s “significant concern about hundreds of people trapped” on Ocracoke Island, located south of Cape Hatteras and accessible only by boat or plane. He says waters are rising there and rescue crews are ready to go when the storm clears.
Cooper says reports of the storm’s aftermath south toward Wilmington are better than anticipated but warned Dorian is still raging at the Outer Banks and in northern counties.
More than 4,500 people spent the night in nearly 80 shelters statewide.
On Friday morning in the Bahamas, several hundred people waited behind a yellow cloth tape at the port in Grand Abaco, many of them holding small children and valuables they tried to save after Hurricane Dorian devastated the area.
Some had duffel bags piled in shopping carts while others carried tools. Some in the crowd had already placed their names on evacuation lists at shelters and arrived as early as 1 a.m., hoping for transportation to the capital of Nassau.
There were no government-organized evacuations yet, but the Royal Bahamas Defense Force was helping people board a 139-foot (42-meter) ferry that had come to pick up its employees and had room for an additional 160 people.
At least 30 people have been killed in the Bahamas and countless homes were destroyed.
Hurricane Dorian has come ashore at Cape Hatteras on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, marking its first U.S. landfall since it slammed into the Bahamas days ago.
Dorian sideswiped most of the Southeast seaboard from Florida to Carolinas in recent days before its eye made landfall Friday morning.
At 9 a.m. EDT, the storm’s center was moving northeast at 14 mph (22 kph).
On Thursday, Dorian raked the Carolina coast with howling winds and heavy rain, spinning off tornadoes and knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is expected to accelerate as it moves off extreme southeastern New England sometime Friday night and early Saturday before a weekend approach to Nova Scotia in Canada.
The eye of Hurricane Dorian is passing just east of Cape Lookout as the Category 1 storm skirts North Carolina’s coast.
Sustained, hurricane-force winds are battering the southern Outer Banks, a 200-mile-long (320-kilometer-long) chain of low-lying barrier islands and spits off North Carolina. The center of the storm is around 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Cape Lookout and 55 miles (89 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, further north in the Outer Banks.
Top sustained winds are near 90 mph (145 kph) and the storm is moving northeast at 14 mph (22 kph).
As of 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center replaced a hurricane warning with a tropical storm warning from South Santee River to Little River Inlet in South Carolina. The storm-surge warning south of Surf City, North Carolina, has been discontinued.
8News forecasters say the biggest issues for our viewing area will be along the coastal areas with high winds and coastal flooding. Winds out of the north through the morning will allow for storm surge. Storm surges of several feet will work up through the bay and up some of the tidal portions of our rivers.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami is reporting hurricane-force wind gusts along the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina.
A weather station at Cape Lookout on the southern end of the chain of low-lying islands recently reported a 10-minute average wind of 63 mph (101 kph), equivalent to a 1-minute sustained wind speed of 69 mph (111 kph). A wind gust of 75 mph (121 kph) was also reported, but the weather station inside the western part of Dorian’s eye hasn’t reported data since 3 a.m.
Thirty Virginia National Guard troops left for the Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads areas Thursday amid concerns of Dorian’s potential impact in southeastern Virginia.
Dorian’s center is around 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Cape Lookout, and around 80 miles (129 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, further north on the string of barrier islands and spits.
The Category 1 storm’s top sustained winds remain at 90 mph (145 kph) and the storm is still moving northeast at 14 mph (22 kph).
Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Monday in order to assure those in need will be given the proper assistance.
“Hurricane Dorian is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may affect parts of Virginia,” Northam said.
The National Guard used Wednesday to prepare for possible missions, which “include high water transportation using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks and debris reduction using chain saws,” according to the VNG.
“It is very important that we get our personnel and equipment staged and ready at the right locations before the severe weather hits so we are able to rapidly respond if needed,” Brig. Gen. James Ring, Virginia National Guard director of the joint the staff, said in a statement.
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As Virginians prepare for the potential impact of Dorian, a widespread evacuation is not expected as of Thursday morning. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management announced Wednesday that there are no plans for a state-level evacuation.
“I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian,” the governor continued. “I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions to make sure they are prepared as well.”
Dorian’s impact on the Bahamas:
- Hurricane death toll in Bahamas at 30 as aid begins to land
- ‘We need help’: Rescuers in Bahamas face a ruined landscape
- Bahamas fisherman lost everything in hurricane, including his wife
- Hurricane Dorian triggers massive flooding across Bahamas
- Dorian makes landfall in Bahamas as Category 5 hurricane
Hurricane Dorian “decimated” parts of the Bahamas over the last few days, according to the prime minister, as the now Category 2 hurricane gets closer to the North Carolina coast.
“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.
Carrying possessions in plastic bags, some weary Bahamians whose homes were smashed by Hurricane Dorian waited Thursday for a flight out of the disaster zone as an international humanitarian effort to help the Caribbean country gained momentum. The death toll rose to 30.
A local view of Hurricane Dorian:
- Virginia task forces arrive in N.C., Florida to help with Hurricane Dorian
- ODU cancels Friday classes, events due to Hurricane Dorian
- Virginia’s emergency operations center works to give ‘localities their own 911 to call’
- Hurricane Dorian impacting travel to and from Richmond
- Threat of Hurricane Dorian affecting this week’s H.S. football schedule
Dorian is expected to impact Virginia late Thursday through Friday. Clouds and rain will develop by Thursday afternoon, the StormTracker 8 team says, with winds picking up along the coast and southeastern part of the Commonwealth.
These projected winds could create a storm surge throughout the Chesapeake Bay, which would bring low lying flooding to the area.
In anticipation of the hurricane, Portsmouth Schools tweeted that all schools and administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. The school system also said that all after-school activities will be canceled through the weekend.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.