Hurricane Dorian moving away from Central Florida, winds expected through the evening

Pablo Tucker
September 4, 2019

"The U.S. may be getting a little bit lucky with respect to Hurricane Dorian, but please don't let down your guard", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Floridians showed up in droves on Tuesday to give cans of food, bottles of water and boxes of diapers to members of two historically black churches, whose volunteers were sorting them before they were to be flown to the devastated islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, with a combined population of about 70,000, are known for their marinas, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts.

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson offered an unorthodox suggestion Wednesday for dealing with Hurricane Dorian: using "the power of the mind" to will the storm elsewhere.

"The devastation is unlike anything that we've ever seen before", said Bahamas National Security Minister Marvin Dames.

Dorian is now a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of about 105 miles per hour.

Dorian finally - but slowly - started making its way off the Grand Bahama Island Tuesday, after battering it for almost two days.

The hurricane is expected to hold the Category 2 status as it takes its turn northeast between Wednesday and Thursday, coming dangerously close to the North Carolina coast line.

"It's total devastation. It's decimated". Forecasters said it had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (169 kph) and was centered about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south of Charleston. "Apocalyptic", said Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a hurricane relief group and flew over Abaco. The center is forecast to move near or over the coast of SC and North Carolina by Thursday through Friday, Sept. 6. "Get out", said U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Carlos Castillo. The government on Tuesday had reported five deaths but the full extent of the damage was not yet clear.

It happened again Tuesday morning, when a package containing a kilogram of cocaine washed ashore near Florida's Paradise Beach Park just as Hurricane Dorian began impacting the state's east coast, local officials said. FEMA has over 1,600 employees deployed or on the way to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and SC.

Having seen storms swamp his home on the Georgia coast in 2016 and 2017, Joey Spalding of Tybee Island chose to empty his house and stay at a friend's apartment nearby rather than take any chances with Dorian. Several airports announced closings, and hundreds of flights were canceled. He also planned to shroud his house in plastic wrap up to shoulder height and pile sandbags in front of the doors.

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