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Hurricane Dorian shifts toward the Carolinas and Georgia

Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 4 storm, is packing maximum sustained winds of 150 mph with higher gusts.

Hurricane Dorian’s forecast track in the U.S. has shifted north, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“With the change in the forecast, the risk of strong winds and life-threatening storm surge is increasing along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina during the middle of next week,” according to the statement.

The storm is moving west at about 8 mph. The cities of Brunswick, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Wilmington, North Carolina, could all see more than six inches of rain, according to the latest forecast.

The hurricane is expected to slam into parts of the northwestern Bahamas by Sunday. Storm surges there could raise water levels 15-feet above normal.

Models show the hurricane staying in the Bahamas for 24 hours or longer, lowering the storm’s intensity before its makes a right turn and heads north, according to the meteorologists.

Preparations are under way to prepare for the massive storm. Federal teams are already in Georgia and are headed to South Carolina and North Carolina, Jeff Byard, associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery at FEMA, told

 

 

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