More than 76,000 in hurricane-hit Bahamas may need food, aid

More than 76,000 in hurricane-hit Bahamas may need food, aid

"We expect that this number will increase", Minnis told a news conference as the scope of the destruction and humanitarian crisis was still coming into focus.

Some people on Grand Bahama island used jet skis and boats to try and pull people trapped in homes hit by flooding or wind damage.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track showed Dorian passing near or over North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday, lashing the thin line of islands that stick out from the us coast like a boxer's chin. Many trees were uprooted, houses flattened, communication lines destroyed, leaving hundreds of people homeless.

(Social Media/Terran Knowles/Our News Bahamas via Reuters) Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis addresses the media and the country at the National Emergency Management Agency about damage caused by Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday.

Its core is forecast to approach the coast of SC, near Charleston, on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the hurricane center said.

Floodwaters rose to a foot (30 cm) or more in low-lying parts of the historic SC city of Charleston, where more than 7 inches (18 cm) of rain fell in some areas, officials said, with another half-inch or more expected overnight. "Schools and businesses are closed through Friday, with a mandatory evacuation order from the governor having sent many people inland".

At 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, the hurricane was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, moving north at 8 mph (13 kph) with winds of 110 mph (175 kph) extending about 60 miles (95 kilometers) outward.

The risk of unsafe rip currents along the Jersey Shore is high, as Hurricane Dorian continues to generate rough surf.

Dorian could also bring 6 to 12 inches of rain to the coast in the Carolinas, with isolated areas getting up to 15 inches.

Hurricane Dorian continues its crawl up the East Coast and is expected to pound the Mid-Atlantic region through the end of the week.

While speaking alongside FEMA officials Wednesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp warned about unsafe storm surges and high tides, which are expected as the storm reaches the state's coast.

Hurricane force winds from Category 3 Hurricane Dorian sweep across the salt marshes as arrives in the Charleston area in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Thursday.

North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague Va.

The coastal surges have still to recede in many parts. Although Dorian's winds have since weakened to Category 2 hurricane strength, forecasters say this storm is still a force to be reckoned with.

Hurricane Dorian now has moved north to US shores after it battered the Bahamas for almost two days.

Tornadoes have been spotted along coastal areas in North and SC, which as lead to major damage to homes and power lines.

Information of the storm intensifying is not going to sit effectively with North and South Carolina residents, who have been bracing for a potential hit late Wednesday close to Hilton Head, SC, and North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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