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Hurricane Dorian Thrashing the Carolinas, Rescue Efforts Underway in the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian moves up the US East Coast (Image: NOAA)
Hurricane Dorian moves up the US East Coast (Image: NOAA)

Hurricane Dorian had regained strength to a Category 3 storm Wednesday before losing some steam again, decreasing to a Category 2 today. Dorian is still packing heavy rain, powerful storm surge, and dangerous winds menacing the Carolinas. Meteorologists believe North Carolina could bear the brunt of an eyewall hit Friday.

Meanwhile, in the Bahamas, search and rescue efforts are underway with at least 20 confirmed fatalities in the island chain. That number is expected to rise as searchers try to navigate the apocalyptic destruction.

The US Coast Guard is on the scene there, helping to rescue the stranded and injured as the water recedes, revealing miles and miles of debris littering the landscape that was considered a paradise just days ago.

Stateside, Dorian began whipping parts of Charleston, South Carolina, Thursday. Officials are warning residents of life-threatening storm surge.

"It is the water that kills people. It is the water that is, that is a real danger and it is clear that we are going to have a lot of water," said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

FEMA response and recovery associate administrator Jeff Byard told CBN News' Faith Nation, residents need to remain vigilant.

"This has been a long storm and so you can get fatigue at times to set in but we really want our citizens to continue to monitor the impact of Dorian," warned Byard.

The storm is projected to continue up the coast and potentially make landfall in the next 24 hours.

Florida residents are breathing a sigh of relief as Dorian passed by leaving minimal damage.

"We expected it to be a Category 4 hurricane, and then it bumped up to a 5. Luckily it wasn't as bad for the east coast of Florida like we thought it was gonna be," said Peter Abood a member of the Florida Power and Light Emergency Response team.

But in the Bahamas a drastically different story with tens of thousands at risk due to lack of medical care, clean water, and food.

Relief groups, like CBN's Operation Blessing are scrambling to get aid to the islands.

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