Hurricane Dorian has made landfall near Cape Hatteras and was a Category 1 storm with winds of up to 180 miles per hour, but the skies have opened up for work on it. Flooding has receded, leaving a muddy trail of destruction left by the storm that veered north and began to lash parts of eastern Canada. Hurricane Dorians howled across the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and made landfall on the outer shore of North Carolina, bringing galloping winds that swelled the water over the island of Cracoke. It was still howling on Wednesday morning, lashing low-lying barrier islands as a weakened Category 1 storm.
To get a sense of a truly historic storm, many meteorologists point to one of the largest and most devastating storms to hit the Outer Banks since records began. A Category Three storm that swept along the North Carolina coast on August 12, 1955, caused major flooding in the eastern counties and continued to cause similar devastation as it moved across the Atlantic and as a Category 2 hurricane hit the Cape Fear region of North Carolina. Experts believe the storm in mid-March will be the strongest in the history of Hurricane Dorian. It caused the most damage to the inner shores and hit Cape Hatteras and other coastal areas of North and South Carolina, but experts believe it is the second most damaging storm to hit the state's coast in history.
In total, the storm killed an estimated 40 people along the East Coast, caused millions of dollars in property damage to the outer banks and caused more than $1 billion in damage. North Carolina's outer banks were devastated, while Virginia also suffered major damage.
In many parts of the Carolinas, including historic Charleston, South Carolina, which is prone to flooding even in ordinary storms, the damage was much less than feared. But for many of them, it is still a major threat to property owners in the region. But in many parts of the Carolinas, such as historic Charlotte, North Carolina, the damage is far more severe than previous storms.
In many parts of the Carolinas, including historic Charleston, South Carolina, which is flooded even in ordinary storms, the damage was much less than feared. Baldwin Video Productions captured this video of water damage to the North Carolina shore after Hurricane Irene, which was posted to YouTube on October 11, 2016.
Micheal Stepehens checks a sailboat with passengers in Beaufort, N.C., after Hurricane Dorian passed over the coast of North Carolina. Brian Winnett, left, was fishing with his wife and two children on the outer shore of the NC while their home was condemned to death.
This is a photo of a man in Florida and North Carolina who died while cutting trees, putting up shutters and otherwise preparing for a hurricane. This is a picture of him after he died during Hurricane Dorian on August 29, 2014 at his home in Beaufort, New York, during a storm, cutting down trees and dropping storms or otherwise preparing for a hurricane. This is a photo of his death at the Outer Banks of South Carolina, during Hurricane Doran on September 1, 2013. It was a picture of himself before he died cutting trees or dropping storm barriers or otherwise preparing for the hurricane. In this photo, a woman and her daughter in North Charlotte, NC, after Hurricane Dillian on October 31, 2012.
The heavy rains, winds and strong waves that rained down on the outer shores of South Carolina during Hurricane Doran on September 1, 2013 caused devastation and also claimed lives. Cooper said the storm caused more than $1.5 million in damage to homes and businesses in the area, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina, Florida and Florida without power, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
More than 135,000 customers lost power, and more than 81 roads in North Carolina were closed because of flooding and debris, Cooper said. Power outages in North Carolina have soared since the storm, and utility Dominion Energy said Thursday that crews were working around the clock to restore power to 47,500 customers, two days after the hurricane hit South Carolina before hitting the outer shores. In Florida, more than 400,000 homes and businesses were without power, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
In North Carolina, the governor said there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths from the storm in the state's coastal areas. He said officials were aware of only "a handful" of injuries from flooding and other damage, but he was "very concerned" about the health and safety of residents and businesses along the outer shore and the rest of the coast.
Homeowners in North Carolina who are considering flood insurance through the NFIP can use the National Flood Insurance Program's Flood Risk Assessment tool to determine whether they are in a flood zone. See evacuation tips before returning to the outer shores after the hurricane. We are complete throughout the country and ready to return as soon as possible to serve the needs of our customers, regardless of weather conditions.