At least 70,000 Bahamians needed immediate humanitarian relief after Dorian became the most damaging storm ever to hit the island nation.
Eyes are indicative of powerful cyclones (Dorian packed 110 miles per hour maximum sustained winds as of 11 a.m. ET on Thursday).
It has continued on a north and northeast path, brushing past Florida and on its way to Georgia and South and North Carolina. Sam says the biggest fear is from the storm surge of seawater since the passage of Dorian is expected to catch two high tides Thursday into Friday morning.
The storm's eye wall is forecast to pass less than 40 miles from the Charleston County coast, he said.
As conditions began to deteriorate in Charleston early Thursday, emergency management officials requested that citizens shelter in place, the Charleston Police Department said on Twitter.
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Priya and Nades were put into separate vans, driven to Gladstone Airport and flown to a detention center in Melbourne . He also said the couple had been warned prior to having children in Australia that they would not be allowed to stay.
"We need to get out of here", he added.
While computer models insisted an inland penetration of the eye was highly unlikely, even a grazing of the coast could cause massive power outs in addition to what the NHC is calling "a life threatening" storm surge of seawater. The bulk of those were in SC, where 154,000 customers were in the dark. It will move towards the Georgia coast on Wednesday night.
A hurricane warning is in effect from north of the Savannah River up to the North Carolina-Virginia border.
The evacuation orders also include the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga.
In Georgia, evacuation orders covering hundreds of thousands of people along the coast were lifted Thursday morning after the shoreline was largely spared by Dorian overnight. "This is not a storm to mess with".
Across the southeastern United States, motorways leading away from beaches in SC and Georgia were turned into one-way evacuation routes. It's expected to bring "life-threatening" storm surge and strong winds to the eastern coast of Florida, as well as the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.
As an global rescue effort ramped up for thousands of victims of Dorian on the northern Bahamas islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, residents of the Carolinas were preparing for the now Category 2 storm.
The UN relief chief who heads up the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mark Lowcock, traveled to the Bahamas on Wednesday to help assess what is needed from the worldwide community and said this is "unprecedented disaster "of epic proportions" to ever hit the country". And as far north as the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, authorities have warned of the possibility of tropical storm-force winds and "rough and pounding surf" related to the hurricane.