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Rubio praised private relief efforts, but said only military transportation had the capability to deliver the massive amounts of water, food, diesel and medicine needed.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says help has been dispatched to Ocracoke Island, and that food and water is on the way to those stranded there.
Cooper also said on Friday that assessments are underway to determine the damage that Hurricane Dorian left behind.
First responders will airlift anyone who may have been injured, and others who need to leave the island. A shelter in Washington County will accommodate people from Ocracoke who need temporary housing.
Damage assessments are underway in southeastern North Carolina, and emergency management personnel are prepared to move supplies into the areas that need them.
Cooper plans to tour Emerald Isle and Carteret County on Saturday to take a look at damage caused by the hurricane.
Hurricane Dorian caused a significant oil spill at a petroleum storage terminal on Grand Bahama Island.
Satellite images taken Friday show a slick of black oil seeping from the South Riding Point terminal.
Equinor is the facility’s owner. In a statement, it said its initial aerial assessment showed the seaside terminal had sustained damage and oil has been observed on the ground outside of the onshore tanks. The company said it was „too early” to estimate how much oil might have spilled into the surrounding environment, but that there were „no observations of any oil spill at sea.”
The terminal’s tanks can hold 6.75 million barrels of crude oil and condensate. The facility was shut down Saturday as the Category 5 storm approached the island.
Equinor said it has mobilized oil spill response resources that will arrive „as soon as possible.”
Equinor is an international oil company that is majority-owned by the Norwegian government.
North Carolina National Guard helicopters have ferried dozens of emergency and damage assessment workers to evaluate what’s happened on a fragile barrier island that experienced widespread flooding from Hurricane Dorian.
Gov. Roy Cooper said that Ocracoke Island was without power late Friday and many homes and businesses were still underwater. He says about 800 people had stayed on the island to wait out Dorian. There have been no reports of injuries or deaths there so far.
Cooper says points north along the Outer Banks also received damage from Dorian, with its storm surge and high winds. Southeastern North Carolina was getting back to normal, as reported damage was less there.
Otherwise, the number of power outages in eastern North Carolina has been falling. They stood at about 130,000 as of late afternoon.
The publisher of a newspaper on North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island says there’s no power on the island and that water has been shut off because of problems at the treatment plant.
Connie Leinbach publishes the Ocracoke Observer. She says Leinbach said sheriff’s deputies and other rescue personnel performed at least two rescues from attics. She said the U.S. Coast Guard was also called in to help a man who was having problems with his oxygen.
She also said the night started out as a typical storm, much like a nor’easter. She said she felt some gusts and then went to bed. By 7 p.m., she says water started coming up the road and rose higher than it had during Hurricane Matthew.
Hurricane Dorian continues to churn off the North Carolina coast, but it’s heading further into the Atlantic Ocean, prompting forecasters to lift hurricane and tropical storm warnings south of the Virginia-North Carolina border.
The 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center showed Dorian about 330 miles (531 km) south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts. It was moving to the northeast at 24 mph (39 kph).
Maximum sustained winds are at 90 mph (149 kph). The hurricane center says some strengthening is possible during the next 24 hours. After that, forecasters expect Dorian to become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds Saturday night or Sunday as it comes close to or passes over eastern Canada.
A storm surge warning has been discontinued north of the Virginia-North Carolina border. A hurricane warning is in effect for eastern Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Avonport.
Florida’s U.S. senators say Bahamian authorities need to make specific requests to the U.S. government-run aid agency before the U.S. Department of Defense can assist the Bahamas with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.
At a Friday news conference in Miami, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said he had spoken to Bahamian authorities and believes the request to the U.S. Agency for International Development may be sent soon.
Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio flew with the U.S. Coast Guard to the Bahamas Friday along with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to look at the damage.
Rubio said part of the holdup has been the slow assessment of what is needed. He says that the passing of the storm „will free up some northern command assets.”
Environmental regulators in the Carolinas are receiving scattered reports of failures at municipal wastewater treatment plants and livestock waste lagoons in danger of overflowing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said it was tracking reports of 44 incidents as of Friday afternoon, nearly all of them east of Interstate 95. Of those, only an ongoing sewage spill at the wastewater treatment plant in the town of Mount Olive was classified as „urgent action needed.” It was estimated that more than 75,000 gallons of sewage had spilled so far into the Northeast Cape Fear River.
Thirteen permitted animal operations were reporting problems, including hog farmers who said their waste pits were nearly full. But there were no reports of significant breaches or spills like those that occurred last year during the record-shattering rains from Hurricane Florence.
Officials on North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island are initiating efforts to evacuate residents who need to leave.
The island is accessible only by boat or air and has seen significant flooding due to Hurricane Dorian.
A statement from Hyde County on Friday says aircraft will take residents to Dare County. From there, they will be driven to a Washington County shelter equipped with food, medical supplies and power.
Officials say people seeking to leave the island should get in touch with the county’s emergency operations center. Priority will be given to the elderly, anyone with medical needs or other special circumstances.
The county also says it is hoping to have the ferry routes evaluated on Saturday, adding that as soon as possible, it will perform evacuations by ferry.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted the remaining evacuation orders for Berkeley, Charleston, Dorcheter, Georgetown and Horry counties.
That means residents who left the state’s coastal areas ahead of Hurricane Dorian can return home Friday. Residents in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties were allowed to return Thursday afternoon.
The Post and Courier reports McMaster cautioned returning residents that they could face blocked roads, detours and lengthy travel times.
McMaster and Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall were surveying the damage Friday from a National Guard helicopter.
Hall says she doesn’t anticipate the need to close roads due to river flooding or take emergency measures to keep them open. That’s unlike what happened last September, when torrential rains dumped by Hurricane Florence inundated towns along the Waccamaw and other rivers.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis spoke to a crowd gathered at the port in Great Abaco, using the help of a Creole interpreter for a group of Haitians awaiting evacuation after Hurricane Dorian .
He told the Haitians, whose community has suffered intentionally set fires in recent years, they’ll be treated with respect and there will be no discrimination.
Minnis urged families with children to keep their children in school when they reach Nassau, adding that the government will keep providing food and health care.
Minnis said he was satisfied with the speed of the government’s response, noting that the U.S. Coast Guard was helping. But he also said officials still need medical equipment and supplies and heavy equipment to go through rubble.
He pledged that search and rescue teams are making every effort to find bodies in Abaco. Officials say 30 people have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas, but the toll is sure to rise.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says the Bahamas immediately needs the U.S. Department of Defense’s resources to deliver aid in the Abaco islands, saying distribution is impossible in the region that was devastated by Hurricane Dorian .
Rubio said via Twitter on Friday that defense resources need to be approved „to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the two U.S. senators from the state traveled to the Bahamas on Friday to see the damage.
Rubio also said the main hospital in Freeport, Bahamas, needs supplies and that fuel tanks in Grand Bahama flooded causing oil to spill over the top.
New hurricane warnings and watches have been issued for eastern Canada as Hurricane Dorian crawls up the East Coast.
Tropical Storm warnings have also been issued for parts of Maine, Massachusetts and Delaware.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says hurricane conditions are expected in eastern Nova Scotia on Saturday.
The storm is moving away from North Carolina’s coast after making landfall Friday morning on the Outer Banks. Dorian’s center is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving northeast near 21 mph (34 kph). The hurricane center says Dorian is expected to increase its forward speed through Saturday night.
Earlier this week, the storm slammed the Bahamas, killing at least 30 people and obliterating countless homes.
The United Nations said Friday that the International Organization for Migration is providing 1,000 tarps to replace roofs stripped from homes by Hurricane Dorian on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the migration office stressed that the priority right now is search and rescue operations. He says that after everyone has been rescued and the wounded safely evacuated, the agency will focus on providing temporary shelter for those who lost their homes.
Dujarric said the World Health Organization reports it’s focusing on providing clinical care, food supplies, safe drinking water and sanitation to survivors.
Officials say 30 people have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas, but the toll is sure to rise.
After triggering tornadoes in South Carolina, Hurricane Dorian’s eye made landfall on the U.S. mainland Friday, even as it weakened to a Category 1 storm overnight.
The National Hurricane Center confirmed that Dorian hit North Carolina around 8:35 a.m. at Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks, a string of low-lying islands.
By 5 p.m., the NHC had discontinued all hurricane and tropical storm warnings south of
the North Carolina/Virginia border. The storm is continuing to churn northeast, away from North Carolina and toward eastern Canada.
According to an 8 p.m. advisory, the Category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and was moving northeast at 24 mph. It was about 275 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Although a much weaker hurricane than when it ravaged the Bahamas with 185-mph winds, a still-dangerous Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane as it sweeps up the Eastern Seaboard on Friday and Saturday.
Where is Hurricane Dorian going?
Forecasters expect the storm to produce life-threatening storm surges, dangerous winds and flash floods along coastal areas of the Carolinas and southeast Virginia.
According to the NHC, the forecast track shows the center of Dorian continuing to move away from the coast of North Carolina Friday evening. The center is then projected to move southeast of New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then across to Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night.
On Friday afternoon, the Canadian Hurricane Centre issued hurricane warnings for a large part of Nova Scotia, with hurricane watches for Prince Edward Island and southwestern Newfoundland.
Dorian is expected to weaken slowly over the next few days, but will likely remain a hurricane as it moves up the Atlantic.
Is Hurricane Dorian over?
The storm is still a Category 1 hurricane and can be a danger to those living along the northeast coast in the form of storm surges and hurricane conditions. The NHC says storm surges can present a life-threatening situation.
A storm surge warning is in effect for:
- Salter Path NC to the North Carolina/Virginia border
- Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
A hurricane warning is in effect for:
- Eastern Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Avonport
A hurricane watch is in effect for:
- Southwestern Nova Scotia from Avonport to Hubbards
- Prince Edward Island
- Magdalen Islands
- Southwestern Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Indian Harbour
A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
- North Carolina/Virginia border to Fenwick Island DE
- Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point southward
- Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach MA
- Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard MA
- East of Bar Harbor to Eastport ME
- Prince Edward Island
- Southwestern Nova Scotia from Avonport to Hubbards
A tropical storm watch is in effect for:
- Fundy National Park to Shediac
- Parson’s Pond to Triton
- Indian Harbour to Stone’s Cove
Hurricane Dorian vs. the Carolinas
About 215,000 homes and businesses across North Carolina were without power as of Friday morning, Gov. Roy Cooper said during a press conference.
Ocracoke Island was inundated with storm surge from Hurricane Dorian, causing what some residents described as „catastrophic” flooding, Cooper said Friday afternoon.
About 800 people remained on the island during the hurricane, he said. The island is now without power, and homes and buildings are underwater. Hatteras Island and other parts of the Outer Banks are also without electricity.
„The flooding there is significant much like the flooding in the last two hurricanes, but it is more concentrated,” Cooper said, referring to 2018’s Hurricane Florence and 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, both of which walloped the state.
The Coast Guard airlifted a 79-year-old man with existing medical issues off Ocracoke, Cooper said. Residents wishing to leave are also being airlifted, and a shelter in Washington County has been opened for them.
Communications experts, search-and-rescue teams and other first responders and survey teams are on way to the island.
North Carolina National Guard Maj. Gen. James Ernst said six missions have been flown to the barrier islands, including four resupply trips and an aerial reconnaissance mission.
Water levels in North Carolina are expected to continue to recede Friday night.
Ferry operations to the barrier islands should resume on Saturday, according to North Carolina Department of Transportation director Jim Trogdon.
More than 70 roads in the state are impassable due to flood waters and debris, Trogdon said. He expects that number to rise to 150 roads.
In September 2018, Hurricane Florence had led to about 750 impassable roads in the same time period. Trogdon said the roads this time around are draining quickly.
However, authorities urged residents to stay off the roads as there is still a high risk of flash flooding.
„It only takes a few inches of running water to wash a vehicle away,” Cooper said. „Don’t put your lives or the lives of first responders in danger.”
South Carolina officials said more than 440,000 people evacuated coastal areas. Flash floods did not overwhelm Charleston as much as anticipated, but Georgetown, Horry County and other areas north of the city will probably get more water, Gov. Henry McMaster said.
By Friday afternoon, McMaster had lifted the remaining evacuation orders for Berkeley, Charleston, Dorcheter, Georgetown and Horry counties.
The National Hurricane Center forecast as much as 15 inches of rain for the coastal Carolinas, with flash-flooding likely.
In the last three years, 80 percent of fatalities from tropical systems happened in areas of inland flooding. More than half of those deaths were in cars, NHC Director Ken Graham said.
Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane as the center moves near the coasts of South and North Carolina, but weakening is expected over the next couple of days, according to the NHC.
Tornado near Myrtle Beach
A tornado near Myrtle Beach marked one of the Grand Strand’s first major signs of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.
Nils Regnell said it sounded like a train was running right past his home for about three minutes.
The tornado, one of several spotted Thursday in the North Myrtle Beach and Southeastern North Carolina areas, snapped oak trees, ripped off roofing and even lifted a car down the street, leaving it five houses down the street, atop a utility box right next door to Regnell.
Another touched down near the North Myrtle Sports Complex, the National Weather Service said, and more tornadoes were spotted closer to the North Carolina border, including one in Columbus County and another near Carolina Shores.
The power was also out in these neighborhoods.
Hurricane Dorian vs. the Bahamas
At least 30 people are dead in the Bahamas as recovery teams were making their way into the hardest hit islands of the Bahamas.
Early reports say 13,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. That number and the death toll are expected to rise.
“It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” said Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief group and flew over Abaco island. “It’s not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again.”
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Local government and police, the U.S. Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and relief organizations including the United Nations and the Red Cross joined the aid efforts.
Dorian, with Category-5 winds of 185 mph when it slammed into the island chain Sunday, is the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic basin since 1935.
The hurricane also caused a significant oil spill at a petroleum storage terminal on Grand Bahama Island, according to Associated Press reporting Friday evening.
Satellite images taken Friday show a slick of black oil seeping from the South Riding Point terminal.
Equinor is the facility’s owner. In a statement, it said its initial aerial assessment showed the seaside terminal had sustained damage and oil has been observed on the ground outside of the onshore tanks. The company said it was “too early” to estimate how much oil might have spilled into the surrounding environment, but that there were “no observations of any oil spill at sea.”
Tracking Hurricane Dorian now
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MURRIETTA, Calif. – The Tenaja Fire continued to burn in Southern California on Thursday, charring some 2,000 acres and triggering mandatory evacuations for hundreds of residents, authorities said.
As of Thursday morning, the fire was 7% contained, Cal Fire said.
The fire broke out about 4 p.m. Wednesday in La Cresta, a community perched above Murrieta that contains sprawling, multimillion-dollar estates about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Cal Fire reported at about 3 p.m. Thursday that it had grown to 2,000 acres – about 3 square miles.
Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said as many as 400 firefighters responded to the blaze.
Mandatory evacuations remained in effect Thursday for parts of La Cresta. In addition, evacuations were ordered for parts of Murrieta.
Thursday afternoon, the fire appeared to expand to near Copper Canyon, where winds were expected to whip up.
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Stephanie Liesenfelt lives at the foot of the Copper Canyon hill, where flames burned Thursday afternoon. Her belongings were already packed. But she took one last precaution and hosed down her home.
“This may help, or it may not if embers come flying,” she said.
She was prepared to hold out for as long as possible but was ready to leave the moment firefighters asked.
“My stuff is not worth more than anyone’s life,” Liesenfelt said.
Dan Hoekstra said he watched as the flames grew near and “my wife started crying. She started crying and screaming for us to get out.”
They fled their home, but decided against leaving their neighborhood because they knew they wouldn’t be allowed back in. Instead, they sat in their car for about 20 “agonizing” minutes while their street was engulfed in smoke.
He eventually joined onlookers watching firefighters attack the flames by ground and air. Walking with his dog, Lottie, he returned to their home and found it intact.
Riverside County officials issued a health warning and urged residents to limit outdoor activities because of smoke and ash generated by the fire. Temecula and Lake Elsinore are among communities in the warning areas.
“Ash and smoke can be hard on anyone to breathe, but especially those with lung disease,” said Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. “Everyone worries about the flames, but smoke can impact you even if you’re miles away from the fire.”
A battalion chief at the scene said the flames appeared to be headed toward an old burn scar, which could starve the flames of fuel overnight. A thunderstorm moved through the area just prior to the fire, and it was suspected that a lightning strike ignited it.
So far, no damage has been reported to Southern California Edison power poles and lines, according to Troy Whitman, who works in the agency’s fire management department.
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- It’s not just humans reeling from Hurricane Dorian. Animals are drenched and windswept, too.
- While there are a few heartbreaking tales, most people struggling with the hurricane have gone above and beyond to keep animals safe and secure.
- One woman in the Bahamas took in nearly 100 dogs. In Florida, a shelter found homes for 250 cats and dogs in less than a week.
- Another man nicknamed „hurricane cowboy,” is venturing into hurricane damaged areas to save animals.
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Hurricane Dorian is a terrible storm, but it’s mobilized animal lovers.Heartwarming tales have been coming out of the destruction. One woman in the Bahamas selflessly took in nearly 100 dogs to her home. A shelter in Florida temporarily homed 250 cats and dogs in less than a week. Another man, nicknamed „hurricane cowboy,” has ventured out into damaged areas to help save vulnerable animals.Of course, not all pets and animals have not had an easy time of it. Flooding in the Bahamas likely killed many animals, and a rare bird that inhabited the islands may have gone extinct.Here’s how animals have fared in Hurricane Dorian.The Bahamas was one of the worst-hit from Hurricane Dorian. During the storm, six employees at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama remained behind to care for 200 animals. But the building flooded and they had to escape. The employees made it out, but they had to leave the animals behind. Somehow, 120 of the animals survived.Ramon Espinosa / AP Source: ABC Action News In Nassau, a woman named Chella Phillips took in 97 dogs during the storm. Almost 80 of them went, tails wagging, to take cover in her master bedroom. When the dogs were scared during the storm, Phillips used air conditioning and music to keep them calm. People have been so impressed, they’ve already donated more than $250,000 to help.Many owners evacuated with their pets, too. Here, Julia Aylen carries her pet dog through waist-deep water in Freeport, Bahamas, on Tuesday, September 3.