Sunday, March 26, 2023

Hurricane Dorian expected to “pass very close to Cape Fear” according to National Weather Service

Wind speed predictions in the region (Port City Daily/NOAA)
Wind speed predictions in the region. (Port City Daily/NOAA)

SOUTHEAST N.C. — The National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington is predicting Hurricane Dorian will get very close to the Cape Fear Region Thursday.

“Dorian will move to the north today, and then turn northeast on Thursday as it approaches the area. Dorian will pass very close to Cape Fear Thursday night. The risk of hazardous conditions will increase across the region, including damaging winds, life-threatening storm surge inundation, flash flooding, strong rip currents, and severe beach erosion. Additionally, dangerous marine conditions are expected to occur across the adjacent coastal waters. Heavy rainfall will enhance the risk for flash flooding,” according to the latest update from the NWS.

The storm is currently about 330-miles to the south of Wilmington and is moving at roughly 9-miles-per-hour.

As far as possible damages, the NWS said, “Some structural damage is likely, with buildings receiving roof damage as well as window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes potentially suffering severe damage, with some destroyed. Damage may be enhanced by projectiles. Locations may be inaccessible or uninhabitable for some time after the storm passes.”

Sustained wind speeds are predicted to be in the 80-90 mph range for the Cape Fear Region, but the wind is not the only concern, flooding and storm surge are also likely.

“Floodwaters may enter many structures, and some may become uninhabitable. Some road scours or complete road failures will be possible, along with the potential for sinkholes. Many streets and parking lots may flood and may be impacted by flowing water. Many road and low-lying bridge closures are possible with some weakened or washed away. Driving conditions will be dangerous. The delivery of drinking water and sewer services may be interrupted. Floodwaters may be polluted and contain hazardous materials,” according to the update.


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