Hurricane Dorian's path and destruction
A North Carolina man died yesterday of a "medical condition while attempting to secure his boat before the storm,” according to Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis.
This brings the storm-related death count of Hurricane Dorian in the US to five, including three storm-related fatalities reported in Florida (two in Orange County and one in Brevard County) and one other reported fatality in North Carolina.
Storm-related deaths are separate from deaths that resulted directly from the storm -- that death toll has now reached 30 in the Bahamas, and may continue rising.
There are now 267,680 customers without power in North Carolina and South Carolina, according to blackout tracking site poweroutage.us.
That’s an increase of 26,000 customers since the last update at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The bulk of the outages are in South Carolina with 206,331 customers without power reported. More than 115,530 of those customers are in Charleston County, right by the coast.
According to the website, 61,349 customers are without power in North Carolina.
The death toll in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian has risen to 30, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told CNN’s Anderson Cooper by phone Thursday evening.
The storm was about 30 miles south of Cape Fear as of 8 p.m. ET, the NHC said.
Hurricane conditions are now spreading along portions of the North Carolina coast, the center said. The northern area of the South Carolina coast is still experiencing tropical storm conditions.
"Dorian is moving toward the Northeast near 10 mph (17 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed through Saturday," the advisory said.
President Trump tweeted that he spoke with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper “as Hurricane Dorian ominously comes up the East Coast.”
He also tweeted that he spoke to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
Parts of North Carolina are being hit with flooding and heavy winds by the storm. Dorian is also causing power outages in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina as it makes its way up the East Coast.
Several health care facilities were damaged after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, and patients will need to be evacuated, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in a news release.
"Due to floodwaters and potential contamination with sewage and lack of safe water, the risk of diarrheal and waterborne diseases is high," the release said. "Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama is flooded and supplies damaged, and other clinics on Grand Bahama and New Providence are also flooded. Patient evacuations will be needed and supplies from PAHO’s Panama Regional Warehouse are on standby."
PAHO says that three emergency medical teams, from Samaritans Purse, Team Rubicon and Humanity First, have been deployed to the Bahamas.
"Over 1,200 people are reported in various shelters in Great Abaco and Grand Bahama and an additional 800 are sheltering at Marsh Harbour Clinic," PAHO said in the release.
A cruise ship company is sailing to the Bahamas on a humanitarian mission to bring evacuees to Florida. The Grand Celebration Humanitarian Cruise will set sail Thursday night from the Port of Palm Beach, and head to Freeport, Bahamas.
The ship will carry food, water and other supplies, as well as volunteers and first responders to the Bahamas. It will return to Florida on Saturday.
Bahamian residents looking to evacuate the islands devastated by Hurricane Dorian will be able to ride the cruise to Florida for free, the company said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
The Deerfield Beach-based cruise line is also pairing with Mission Resolve to collect money and donated supplies at the cruise’s warehouse. South Florida business leaders and nonprofits created the Bahamian Relief Consortium as part of Mission Resolve to help those affected by the hurricane.
“Our hearts go out to all of those impacted, and we felt it was imperative to issue a rapid response, demonstrating our support through action,” Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, said in a press release.
US Coast Guard crews have rescued 201 people in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian began, according to a news release.
They continue to conduct air operations based out of Andros Island, Bahamas, with seven MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and four MH-65 Dolphin helicopters on search and rescue missions, area assessments and providing logistical support, the release said.
A great number of people are still missing in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, officials say, and the death toll is sure to rise.
“Literally hundreds, up to thousands of people are still missing," Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas' Ministry of Tourism, told Michael Holmes on "CNN Today."
“Make no bones about it, the numbers will be far higher than 23,” Bahamas’ Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said Thursday during a radio interview on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. "It is going to be significantly higher than that."