Hurricanes are unpredictable, and that seems to be the case with Hurricane Dorian: the storm, which was a category 5 at one point, had recently been downgraded to category 2. Now it’s gained strength again with sustained winds up to 115 MPH and is a category 3, according to CBS.
The National Hurricane Center’s latest bulletin says that the storm will continue to lash the coast of the Carolinas, and that hurricane conditions are likely over parts of the Carolinas today. The report also notes that the storm surge warning and the hurricane watch has been discontinued south of the Savannah River.
Forecasters issued a hurricane warning Wednesday for northern Georgia up through southern Virginia. Millions have been told to evacuate. The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian could bring “damaging winds and life-threatening storm surges along a large portion of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts” Thursday and Friday. The center also said that Dorian’s core will keep approaching the South Carolina coast Thursday morning, move near or over it later in the day and then slide near or over the North Carolina coast Thursday night and Friday.
The storm is expected to weaken through Saturday.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Bahamas has risen to “at least” 20, according to CNN. They report that Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said “We expect that this number will increase,” at a Wednesday night news conference.