Hurricane Dorian skimmed the east coast of the United States throughout the 5th and 6th of September, having already battered much of the islands of the Bahamas. While coastal residents had been warned to brace for the impact of the storm, many of whom had already been through the devastation of hurricane Florence the year before, many residents of the state’s coastal regions breathed a sigh of relief as they were able to sleep right through this storm!
Dorian had wavered between a category 3 and category 1 hurricane as it made its way from the Bahamas to the coast of North Carolina, having skirted the outer banks of Florida. By the time the hurricane reached the edge of North Carolina, it had shifted enough east that only its outer tail winds actually reached landfall.
Many residents were thankful the morning after Dorian had passed through, waking up to minor flooding and only a few downed tree branches and other debris. Some residents even went about their usual routine after Dorian with little hesitation or interruption.
In downtown Wilmington, many of the city’s streets were littered with no more than large twigs and smaller branches. One exception was a partially uprooted landscaping tree outside I Love New York Pizza, a favorite hangout for many residents on Front Street. On Friday morning, many residents were working to remove the boards they had placed over shop windows and said they were ready to reopen their stores and restaurants that very day.
While North Carolina residents were feeling thankful at the minimal damage caused by the storm, the islands of the Bahamas were a different matter. Dorian actually came to a standstill over the islands early in the week, causing devastating flooding along the Great Abaco Island and decimating homes and businesses.
Early counts put the death toll in the Bahamas at 30, mostly caused by collapsing homes and rising floodwaters. Hundreds and potentially thousands of people remained missing in the days after Dorian moved on. Some residents were also quoted as saying that the islands are no longer inhabitable and that rebuilding would require tremendous assistance from outside emergency personnel.
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