As hurricane Dorian headed up the east coast of North Carolina during the early first week of September, the storm created high winds that downed some tree branches along Wilmington and other major cities. Heavy rains also battered the areas and some roads remained closed and ferries docked as the storm passed, but many residents agreed that this year, they skirted disaster with Dorian!
Much of the coastal region of North Carolina felt nothing more than high winds and heavy rains, causing minor flooding around Wilmington more than others. Major roadways and freeways, however, remained open with little to no disruption. Ferry services, docked during the storm, and train routes were expected to be back to normal schedules by the end of the day Friday if not sooner.
While most areas of North Carolina saw only minor damage, governor Roy Cooper did advise caution regarding resulting tornadoes that followed the storm along the coast and further inland. He advised residents to exercise caution and mind alarms and signals and to take appropriate cover when necessary.
Ocracoke Island was also an exception to the relative calm felt by the rest of the North Carolina coast. The island saw tremendous flooding, with some 800 people believed to have been trapped without any way of immediate rescue. Governor Cooper assured residents that they were working diligently to send rescue crews to the island, accessible only by boat, ferry, or small plane.
Another exception to the calm of the storm was the number of flights cancelled in and out of Charlotte’s airport. It was reported that, by Thursday, some 121 flights had been cancelled and another 87 delayed. Most affected flights were in and out of neighboring South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, states that were also under alert due to Dorian’s path.
It was also reported that some 200,000 North Carolina residents were without power after Dorian had moved out of the state and up the east coast. Duke Energy crews were on hand and ready to roll out once conditions were safe, and that number dropped to just over 190,000 by Friday morning. Cateret County had reported the most amount of outages, with over 37,000 customers without electricity by noon on Friday.
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