"Dorian" fell on the archipelago as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the country, leaving widespread devastation and at least 20 dead. But since then it has weakened considerably, moving from category 5 to 2 before strengthening again on Wednesday night.
By Michael Weissenstein
CHARLESTON, South Carolina, EU (AP) – The hurricane "Dorian", which recovered category 3, began to touch the southeast coast of the United States on Thursday morning and left tens of thousands of people without electricity, threatening to flood low coasts from Georgia to Virginia with a dangerous storm surge, after its lethal passage through the Bahamas.
"Dorian" fell on the archipelago as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the country, leaving widespread devastation and at least 20 dead. But since then has weakened considerably, moving from category 5 to 2 before strengthening again on Wednesday night.
The storm could maintain its intensity for several days before gradually weakening towards Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center of the United States.
More than 16,800 people in Charleston County and another 6,800 in Beaufort County were without power, according to Dominion Energy. Berkeley Electric Cooperative reported that another 4,900 customers were out of service in Charleston County.
In a press release, Duke Energy said that the meteor would cause blackouts in 700 thousand properties in the carolinas and said it had displaced resources from 23 states and Canada to respond "as quickly as possible."
More than 1,500 people went to 28 shelters in South Carolina. The downpours began Wednesday night in the historic port city of Charleston, located on a peninsula prone to flooding.
As the meteor approached, the wind was gaining strength and caused the rain to fall sideways, while thunder rumbled and electricity came and went in some places.
Although weaker, Dorian was still a force to consider. The eye of the storm, visible in the photos from space, was at 5 in the morning about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south-southwest of Charleston and advanced north at 13 kilometers (8 miles) per hour over the sea, with dangerous winds of 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour.