Dorian Knocks Out Power in the Carolinas; Outer Banks Brace for Possible Direct Hit

September 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Carolinas Thursday, causing power outages and spinning off tornadoes that damaged houses and trailers, the AP reports. As many as 250,000 residents were without power, and a flooded downtown Charleston was littered with downed power lines. Compared to the devastated Bahamas, where the death toll has risen to 30, the damage so far has been relatively light. But Dorian still poses a danger to North Carolina’s Outer Banks island chain, which officials say could take a direct hit Friday. As of early Friday, the storm has been downgraded to a Category 1, and is centered about 55 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Dorian is expected to weaken slowly over the next few days, although it is still considered strong enough to be called a Hurricane. Four U.S. deaths have been attributed to the storm so far, and all involved men working to secure their homes who either fell or were electrocuted. 1.5 million evacuees were allowed to return to their homes as of Thursday afternoon, prompting South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a warning. “Don’t be surprised if there was water in your home. You might have animals, snakes. You don’t know what might be in there, so be very careful as you return,” he said.