Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, as "the strongest hurricane in modern records" to hit the islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, N.C., at 8:35 a.m., with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph — making Dorian a Category 1 storm when it hit the U.S.

Students in Leslie Nielsen's class at Community House Middle School in Charlotte work on posters seeking gift cards for Ocracoke School, which was damaged during Hurricane Dorian.

A south Charlotte middle school teacher has launched a drive to get aid to a tiny island school hard hit by Hurricane Dorian. She says she learned an important lesson from last year's hurricane aid effort.


FOLLY BEACH, S.C. — A couple combing a South Carolina beach after Hurricane Dorian thought they'd discovered a large rock, but soon realized they'd stumbled upon two Civil War-era cannonballs lodged in the sand.


RALEIGH — North Carolina's Historic Preservation Office has set up an online forum so local governments and residents can report damage to historic properties caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Conditions are growing increasingly dire in the Bahamas almost a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Caribbean nation.

Food, water and other supplies are rapidly running out, and residents are waiting desperately to evacuate the devastated Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. Officials announced late Friday that the death toll had risen to 43, with 35 dead in Abaco and eight in Grand Bahama.

Stranded North Carolinians Take Stock Of Dorian's Damage

Sep 7, 2019
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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — As the sky cleared and floodwaters receded Saturday, residents of North Carolina's Outer Banks began to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper address the public after last night's rescue operation in Bladen County.

Governor Roy Cooper said today that Hurricane Dorian has finally left North Carolina. Cooper said the storm has left Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras and other parts of the Outer Banks severely damaged and without power. 

A major oil storage terminal on Grand Bahama Island was damaged by Hurricane Dorian and has leaked oil into the surrounding environment, raising concern that the oil could damage local reefs and wildlife.

The South Riding Point facility sits on the shore of the island's eastern side and is home to 10 giant storage tanks capable of holding up to 6.75 million barrels of crude, according to Equinor, the company that runs the facility.

Reginald Jones
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While the North and South Carolina coasts are just now feeling the effects of Hurricane Dorian, residents of the Bahamas are sifting through rubble the storm left behind. Dorian was a category 5 storm when it hit the Bahamas on Sunday, with most of the damage done to the Bahamian islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, where the storm stalled for almost two days. At least 23 people have died.

Reginald Jones of Charlotte is from the Bahamian islands of San Salvador and Freeport. He now runs a testing company here, but much of his time Thursday was spent trying to get ahold of family in the Bahamas.

Updated at 11:55 p.m. ET

After days of drenching the U.S. Southeast from its perch offshore, Hurricane Dorian finally came ashore Friday morning. The National Hurricane Center says the eye made landfall over Cape Hatteras, N.C., at 8:35 a.m. ET, with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph — making Dorian a Category 1 storm when it hit.


Updated 12:10 p.m. Thursday

Hurricane Dorian has begun moving slowly up the South Carolina coast. It’s passing close to Charleston this morning and then will be near Wilmington tonight.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gives an update on flooding from Florence Sept. 18.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Wednesday that residents in evacuation zones still have time to leave before conditions deteriorate overnight as Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of South Carolina. Substantial flooding has already begun in Charleston due to high tides of about 10 1/2 feet. McMaster said residents who decide to stay shouldn't underestimate the danger they may face.


About 500 Duke Energy line workers, damage assessors and construction crews are headed to Florence, South Carolina, where they will be ready to restore any electricity outages from Hurricane Dorian.


Hurricane Dorian is on a path that will bring it toward the coastal areas of the Carolinas.

National Hurricane Center

Here are some resources and important numbers you’ll need for updates and information before, during and after the storm:

Special Elections
Elections are underway in North Carolina's 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts. The North Carolina State Board of Elections is updating this page regularly with information about the effects of Hurrican Dorian on polling places. 

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RALEIGH — North Carolina election officials are encouraging voters to cast ballots during an early-voting period to avoid possible disruptions from Hurricane Dorian.


Updated 2:15 p.m. Tuesday

Evacuations have been ordered in Charleston and other parts of South Carolina’s coastal counties as Hurricane Dorian approaches the U.S. mainland. In North Carolina, evacuations have been ordered for all islands along the coast.

Preparing Pets For Emergencies

Sep 7, 2017
dog and cat

In the Carolinas we sometimes need to prepare for hurricanes, snow and other weather emergencies. Here are tips for getting your pets ready. Use this list compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as guide: