According to forecasts, hurricane Dorian was hit Thursday night in North and South Carolina.
During the day, its strength changed almost every hour: it strengthened to three, sometimes weakened to two.
Georgia, North and South Carolina are in a state of emergency, and coastal states have mandated mandatory evictions in all three states. Coastal waves hit the Atlantic Ocean two to three meters inland and flooded the area with flood-like rain before hitting a hurricane in North Carolina.
In one of South Carolina’s historic towns, Charleston, the water, almost knee-deep, is winding down the streets, where only lifeboats cruise. The city, with its 136,000 inhabitants, had barely any residents, as Governor Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation. However, Shannon F. Scaff, head of the local emergency response agency, said the city had avoided more trouble.
President Donald Trump is in constant contact with the governors of the three most affected Member States over the phone.
Staff at the US National Hurricane Center are wondering whether Dorian will hit New Jersey and New York.
So far, there have been four reports of storm-related deaths. Three died in Florida during a storm preparation or evacuation, and a 85-year-old man was boarding his house in North Carolina when he fell off a ladder and died.
Two tornadoes were destroyed in South Carolina on Thursday.
In Georgia and South Carolina, more than 270,000 homes were left without power.
Hubert Minnis, the island’s prime minister, said in an interview with CNN’s American news television, that the number of Dorian fatalities had risen to thirty in the Bahamas, where the hurricane devastated earlier this week. He spoke of a catastrophe affecting several generations.
The UN estimates that some 70,000 people in the Bahamas are in need of direct aid.