Hurricane Dorian 10am NOAA update: Carolina hit by floods and tornadoes- latest NHC update

Hurricane Dorian was once a category 5 hurricane and wreaked havoc across the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout this week the system has thrashed the Bahamas, causing storm surges to rise above two stories and widespread destruction in the island nation. The storm has now hit the US coast, where it is expected to bring similar conditions. 

Hurricane Dorian NOAA 10am update

In their latest update, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said maximum winds under Dorian have hit 73mph.

They said: “A Weatherflow site at Shutes Folly in Charleston Harbor recently reported a wind gust of 73 mph (117 km/h).

“The official observing site at the airport in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, recently reported a wind gust of 61 mph (98 km/h).”

Gusts of 73mph are just short of a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. 

Overall, this shows a general weakening in the system, which was a category 5 just days ago.

However, the NOAA has warned the storm could still pack a punch to the US coast. 

The NOAA has warned Dorian will bring “life-threatening storm surge, winds, heavy rainfall and tornadoes to portions of the Carolinas”.

Per their latest official public advisory, the NOAA has laid down the following warnings for the US:

Storm Surge Warning

– Savannah River to Poquoson VA

– Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

– Neuse and Pamlico Rivers

– Hampton Roads

Hurricane Warning

– Savannah River to the North Carolina/Virginia border

– Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

Tropical Storm Warning

– North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague VA

– Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward

Tropical Storm Watch

– North of Chincoteague VA to Fenwick Island DE

– Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point to Drum Point

– Tidal Potomac south of Cobb Island

– Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach MA

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