The National Hurricane Center NOAA’s 2 p.m. reports Dorian 60 miles south of Myrtle Beach, SC, and 115 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, NC. It’s still packing 110 mph winds, keeping it at a major Cat 2 storm. There is danger of life-threatening winds, flash-flooding and storm surge. Hurricane conditions are expected to continue and worsen in the immediate ILM area this evening, as Dorian’s center moves over or near the Carolina coast.
Tornado warnings remain in effect throughout the hurricane; thus, it’s important to remain vigilant, keep inner doors of the home shut and take shelter away from windows upon all warnings. Tornadoes have touched down across numerous counties: The Farm in Brunswick County; toward Ogden in New Hanover County; near Paul’s Place Hot Dogs in Pender County; and an RV park in Carteret County.
More than 1,500 people are without power already in Ogden and north Wilmington, and upward of 2,000 in Pender and Oslow counties. Duke Energy is predicting around 700,000 will be without power in its service area.
As well, roads in the area are flooded and closed according to the NC DOT, including Torchwood Boulevard, Farrington Farms Drive, Amsterdam Way and Bald Head Eagle Lane.
Some downtown Wilmington businesses are open today, serving folks until conditions worsen: Waffle House, Cousins Deli, Slainte, Varnish, Husk and Barbary Coast, among them. However, state and local officials recommend folks to hunker down and stay put.
Barrier islands are under mandatory evacuation orders, and officers in Wrightsville Beach are citing class 2 misdemeanors for folks wandering outside, by proxy putting first-responders’ lives in danger. Curfews are also underway at 8 p.m for Burgaw, Carolina Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. Oak Island and Boiling Springs Lake takes effect at 7 p.m. Southport’s curfew began at noon. If curfews aren’t followed, it can lead to arrest and/or citations.