Dorian on his way to South and North Carolina
With its core, Dorian is located 130 kilometers east-east of Cape Canaveral Florida. There are average wind speeds of up to 175 kilometers per hour. At a speed of around 11 kilometers per hour, it travels north to northwest toward North Carolina.
Eye catches the coast of South and North Carolina
The expectation is that Dorian will travel north this night (Dutch time) and then on Thursday afternoon north to northeast. With this course, the hurricane travels close to the east coast of Florida and Georgia. The eye of Dorian is expected to travel near or over the coast of South and North Carolina at night to Friday and Friday morning. It is expected that Dorian will remain a second category hurricane with average wind speeds of 175 kilometers per hour. The gusts of wind can come out higher.
The Bahamas still suffer from the aftermath of Dorian. At least 100 millimeters of rain still falls. 150 to 250 millimeters are expected along the North and South Carolina coasts, but around 400 millimeters are possible locally until Friday. The combination of dangerous storm tide and low tide ensure that the normally dry coasts are flooded with rising water. The water can be up to 2 meters high locally.
Death toll has risen to seven
Hurricane Dorian’s death toll in the Bahamas has risen to seven. Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, expects the final number of victims to be even higher.
According to the prime minister, at least 60 percent of the homes in Marsh Harbor, a city on one of the Abaco Islands, have been destroyed. “We are in the midst of one of the biggest national crises our country has ever experienced,” said Minnis.
Dorian hits price jet JetBlue
Dorian also means bad news for the American price fighter JetBlue Airways. The airline has lowered its revenue forecast for the third quarter.
JetBlue flies a lot in the Bahamas, but also in Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. The income would be affected mainly due to less tourism to the Bahamas, which was hit hard by Dorian. JetBlue expects the revenue per flown seat to decrease by 2 percent in the coming months. Previously, JetBlue was counting on a growth of 0.5 percent to 3.5 percent per flown seat.
It is expected that Dorian will travel to the northeast along the American east coast and arrive at Nova Scotia and New Foundland this weekend.