Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog



Category 1 Hurricane Dorian made landfall for the first time in the United States over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina early this morning. Dorian has increased speed and is now moving in a northeast direction at 17 miles per hour, with increased forward speed expected over the next few days. Dorian remains strong with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour. Tropical force winds extend 220 miles from the eye of the storm. The North Carolina coast should expect to experience hurricane conditions today. Storm surge as high as 7 feet is possible in isolated areas along the coast. Guidance shows Hurricane Dorian becoming a post-tropical storm after crossing the northern boundary of the Gulf Stream and into colder waters. The drier air and wind shear in the north east will also slow the storm before it arrives in Nova Scotia, Canada on Saturday.

Dorian Makes Landfall Over Cape Hatteras

Evacuation orders have been lifted for Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina; however, many counties in North Carolina remain under notice (more information below). Residents of North Carolina are likely to experience heavy rain and storm surge throughout the day. The Outer Banks of North Carolina could potentially experience flash flooding as Dorian continues to travel along the coastline. The National Weather Service (NWS) warns individuals to seek higher ground, and to avoid walking or driving in flood waters.

NWS Guidance for Flash Flooding in North Carolina

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides post-storm guidance for individuals impacted by hurricanes. Individuals should heed the warnings of local authorities and remain safe as they recover from the storm. The Hagerty Blog Team will continue providing information and updates.

FEMA Guidance on What to do After a Storm: Source

Public Advisories

Here’s the breakdown of public advisories from NOAA’s NHC in decreasing order of severity:

Hurricane Warning:

  • Bogue Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

Hurricane Watch:

  • Nova Scotia

Tropical Storm Warning:

  • North Carolina/Virginia border to Fenwick Island, DE
  • Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point southward
  • Tidal Potomac south of Cobb Island
  • Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach, MA
  • Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, MA
  • East of Bar Harbor to Eastport, ME

Tropical Storm Watch:

  • Prince Edward Island
  • Magdalen Islands
  • Fundy National Park to Shediac
  • Francois to Boat Harbour

Storm Surge Warning:

  • Salter Path, NC to Poquoson, VA
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
  • Hampton Roads, VA

Evacuations and Emergency Declarations

Florida: See evacuation zones here

Georgia: See evacuation resources here

South Carolina: See evacuation zones here

North Carolina: See evacuation zones

  • Voluntary Evacuations have been issued for: Beaufort, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson, and Washington counties
  • Mandatory Evacuations have been issued for: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, and New Hanover counties

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