Conditions over North Carolina from Hurricane Dorian are forecast to begin deteriorating Wednesday with the greatest impacts expected Thursday into Friday, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
Dorian is expected to weaken as it moves northward, though the wind field is expected to increase.
Storm threats include heavy rain (highest amounts expected east of Interstate 95), damaging winds, storm surge, tornadoes, as well as rip currents and dangerous surf.
It is not yet clear if the hurricane will make landfall in the Carolinas. Currently, Dorian is moving west at 1 mph. A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north. On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight. The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late tonight through Wednesday evening and then move dangerously close to the Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday.
Classes are canceled for the remainder of this week at UNC-Wilmington, and a mandatory evacuation has been issued for 5 p.m. Tuesday from the college.
On Sunday night, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued on Sunday night a mandatory evacuation for residents of the SC coastline.
On Friday, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and put a price-gouging law into effect.