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Coastal NC braces for Dorian


Sept. 2. Even though Gov. Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for all 100 counties in North Carolina , it looks like Hurricane Dorian will deal only a glancing blow to the Charlotte region. The more impacted areas will be east of Rockingham, with heavy rain forecast the farther east you go.

Dorian, with ferocious winds over 150 mph, is nearly stationary over the Bahamas. As of this morning, there’s a Hurricane Warning for parts of the Florida coast and a Tropical Storm Watch up to the Florida-Georgia border.

Different computer models say different things, so, in fact, Dorian’s path is not perfectly predictable.

The North Carolina coast will be affected later in the week; North Carolina Emergency Services has water rescue teams, sheltering teams and other resources staged and ready to deploy.

The big question for Mecklenburg appears to be the Panthers opening home game: We’ve got the all-clear Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will likely be Dorian-related showers Thursday, with wind, but we’re so far away from Dorian’s most likely track northward up the coast.

The governor’s office said residents at risk should:

  • Have multiple ways to receive weather information from reliable sources.
  • Know your evacuation routes and review your emergency plan.
  • Stock an emergency supply kit, which should contain food, water, prescription medicines, charging cords, batteries, and other essentials to support your family for several days.
  • Make sure your insurance is up to date.