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North Carolinians assess damage from Dorian

by Mickey McLean
Posted 9/07/19, 01:53 pm

Residents along North Carolina’s Outer Banks awoke Saturday to clear skies, receding floodwaters, and a better look at the damage left by Hurricane Dorian the day before. Ocracoke Island, where about 800 people waited out the Category 1 storm, appeared to be the hardest hit of the barrier islands, with floodwaters invading the first floors of most homes. The U.S. Coast Guard ferried assistance to the island and airlifted out those in distress. So far, authorities have reported no serious injuries along the Outer Banks but blamed at least four deaths in Florida and North Carolina this week on the storm.

Where is Dorian headed? The storm moved along the Eastern Seaboard Saturday and briefly strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane before weakening back to a Category 1 as it moved toward Canada. Forecasters expected Dorian to cross Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Saturday evening and move on to Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday.

Dig deeper: Read Laura G. Singleton’s report on recovery efforts in the Bahamas, where Dorian struck as a Category 5 storm earlier this week, killing at least 43 people.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this article since its original posting.

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Mickey McLean

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