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NC's Outer Banks pick up the pieces after Dorian, with relief that things weren't worse

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--More than 24 hours after Hurricane Dorian arrived, Ocracoke -- one of North Carolina's coziest, most serene coastal destinations -- remained partially underwater and reliant on the assistance of emergency response crews.

Government officials and volunteers on Saturday used a ferryboat to transport food, drinking water and fuel ...Read more

Food, water delivered to Outer Banks sites cut off by Dorian

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Emergency crews were bringing food and fresh water to Ocracoke on Saturday, after Hurricane Dorian left the island isolated, without safe drinking water, electricity or ferry service.

Hyde County, which includes Ocracoke, was using a ferry to bring generators, water and enough food for 1,100 people, according to a Facebook ...Read more

Dorian death toll reaches 43 in the Bahamas as thousands wait to be rescued

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As relief efforts ramp up Saturday for the hurricane-ravaged islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos, authorities reported that at least 43 people have died in the Bahamas -- though the number is expected to rise with hundreds of people still missing.

Health Minister Duane Sands confirmed the death toll from Hurricane Dorian late Friday.

The ...Read more

Trump says cruise ships can provide shelter to victims of Dorian

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday night suggested that cruise ships provide shelter for Bahamians left homeless by Hurricane Dorian.

"The @USCG, @fema, and all others, along with other countries that have been helping, have been asked to move people in the badly hit sections of the Bahamas to other sections of the Bahamas that were...Read more

US military commits air support for Bahamas aid operation

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has requested "airlift and logistics support" from the Defense Department in its urgent support effort for the Bahamas, McClatchy has learned.

The U.S. Agency for International Development formally made the request of the Pentagon on Friday afternoon after conducting aerial and on-the-ground assessments of...Read more

Hurricane Dorian swamps North Carolina's Outer Banks, moves on

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Hurricane Dorian began to pull away from the southeastern coastline of the United States on Friday after bringing severe flooding to North Carolina's Outer Banks, making landfall as a Category 1 storm and sending residents across a string of remote, low-lying barrier islands scrambling to their attics to avoid rising water ...Read more

'Unexpectedly unremarkable' erosion at Hilton Head. But Dorian chewed other beaches

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COLUMBIA, S.C.--An eroded piece of beach on Hilton Head Island's southern tip showed what kind of energy Hurricane Dorian carried as it swept up the south Atlantic coast this week.

But fortunately for Hilton Head, that was about the only spot on the island's 12-mile shoreline that suffered the fury of Dorian.

Despite early indications that the...Read more

Bahamian hospitals overwhelmed as Rubio tours by air, some islanders return by cruise ship

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GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas -- With the death toll rising to 30 across the islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos, relief efforts continued Friday as a Florida cruise ship arrived with tons of supplies and authorities worked feverishly to find bodies, reach obliterated neighborhoods and treat victims of Hurricane Dorian.

The situation on the ...Read more

Hundreds trapped on Ocracoke Island after Hurricane Dorian makes landfall

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of people are trapped on the Outer Banks island of Ocracoke in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's landfall Friday morning, says North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Unconfirmed totals report as many as 800 people are on the storm-battered island -- and they are being warned to get to the highest point in their home as storm ...Read more

Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in NC as power outages increase, flooding spreads

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hurricane Dorian made landfall early Friday over Cape Hatteras as a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The center of the eye passed the Outer Banks off the North Carolina coast at 8:35 a.m., with sustained winds of 90 mph, while moving north at 14 mph.

Parts of coastal North Carolina, including...Read more

'Like I was watching death in the eye:' A Bahamian banana farmer loses everything

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FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Hurricane Dorian's flood waters surpassed the floor boards, already five feet off the ground, so Freeport banana-farm owner Alpha Celestin, 61, busted a hole in his ceiling, propped a ladder there and climbed inside with two of his workers.

He knew the other men couldn't swim, so when he spotted the water creeping up to 15 ...Read more

Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in the Outer Banks as a Category 1 storm

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After nearly a week of paralleling the U.S. East Coast, the eye of Category 1 Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Outer Banks off North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said Friday morning.

Landfall came at Cape Hatteras at 8:35 a.m., after hours of different parts of the barrier islands falling within the edges of ...Read more

Bahamas death toll rises to 30 as aid finally flows in. Devastation is 'unimaginable'

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MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas -- In a once sprawling shantytown on Great Abaco Island, Roger Isma stared out over a wasteland of soggy mattresses, splintered buildings, overturned cars, torn clothing, shattered toilets, dead dogs, bent forks and mud, miles and miles of mud.

The area -- for reasons all too obvious after the devastation of Hurricane ...Read more

As aid finally flows, devastation in Bahamas is 'unimaginable'

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MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas -- In a once sprawling shantytown on Great Abaco Island, Roger Isma stared out over a wasteland of soggy mattresses, splintered buildings, overturned cars, torn clothing, shattered toilets, dead dogs, bent forks and mud, miles and miles of mud.

The area -- for reasons all too obvious after the devastation of Hurricane ...Read more

Gov. DeSantis changes storm response, drawing praise from Florida disaster managers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Hurricane Dorian's right-hand turn away from Florida's east coast spared the state extensive damage from the powerful storm.

But it's also Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' shift in style away from the storm response of his predecessor, now-U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, that is drawing praise from disaster experts as the state enters ...Read more

Hurricane Dorian begins to pound Southeastern US coast

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Blustery wind and sideways rain lashed the low-lying coast of South and North Carolina on Thursday as Hurricane Dorian churned off shore, downing power lines and stately live oak trees, spawning tornadoes and threatening hundreds of thousands of coastal residents with intense flooding.

After pounding the Bahamas as a ...Read more

Hurricane Dorian begins to pound the Carolinas

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Blustery wind and sideways rain began to lash the low-lying coast of South and North Carolina on Thursday as Hurricane Dorian churned off shore, downing power lines and stately live oak trees, spawning tornadoes and threatening hundreds of thousands of coastal residents with intense flooding.

After pounding the Bahamas as a ...Read more

'Get to safety and stay there,' NC governor warns as Dorian spawns tornadoes and floods

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolinians were warned to find shelter and stay there Thursday, as Category 3 Hurricane Dorian brought flooding and tornadoes to coastal areas.

"The message this morning is: Get to safety and stay there. Don't let your guard down," Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news conference.

"This won't be a brush by, whether it comes ...Read more

Strengthening Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina coast, rolls toward North Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hurricane Dorian began pounding South Carolina overnight with increasing winds and rain, proving experts wrong after days of forecasts predicting the storm would slowly weaken as it reached the Outer Banks off North Carolina.

About 200,000 people were without power from Hilton Head to Charleston, S.C., Thursday morning. ...Read more

'We can't risk it': Coastal residents flee, inland communities prep as Dorian arrives

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Irene Soto wanted to stay at her Hilton Head Island home.

She had spent days checking between the Weather Channel and The Island Packet's website for updates on Hurricane Dorian hoping for news that the Category 2 storm eventually would shift east and away from her Squire Pope mobile home.

Those assurances never came.

South ...Read more