According to the US National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian, which has devastated parts of the Bahamas, continues to pose a serious danger as it works its way north off the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Currently located off fifty miles ESE of Charleston, Dorian has maintained maximum sustained winds in the region of 105mph to 115mph for much of the past two days, while the eye of the hurricane has shrunk in size.
As of 11am EDT on 5th September 2019, a hurricane warning was in force for the region from the Savannah River to the North Carolina/Virginia border, and the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
A turn toward the northeast is anticipated by tonight, and a northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will continue to move close to the coast of South Carolina today, and then move near or over the coast of North Carolina tonight and Friday. The center should move to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England Friday night and Saturday morning, and approach Nova Scotia later on Saturday.
The Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster cautioned residents of the evacuation zone yesterday that time to get out was running out. In a briefing to the press, the Governor gave details of counties where there would be school and state government office closures, and advised people against driving through standing water in case the underlying road had been compromised.
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