Florida officials counted their blessings on Wednesday after the powerful Hurricane Dorian crossed the northeast coast, bringing rain, winds and power outages, but no major damage as the storm moved north.
"Saying we dodge a bullet for the storm is an understatement – you know, we obviously escaped a rocket," Volusia County Governor George Rackenwald said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon, as the continuing effects of the storm continue to affect .
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Rectwenwald said fire crews have made a visual inspection of the county that does not include Daytona Beach, found extensive damage from the hurricane.
The Sheriff of Flagler County, north of Volusia County, stated that no serious structural damage was reported and no injuries were reported. "At this point, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief," said Sheriff Rick Stalley.
The storm made the Bahamas drought like a Category 5 hurricane, devastating part of the island state and blaming at least 20 deaths there. The death toll is expected to rise, said Bahamas Health Minister Dwayne Sands.
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Volusia County President Ed Kelly said officials were preparing for the worst and hoping for the best in coastal Florida and he sent his thoughts and prayers to those affected by the Bahamas.
"Our thoughts and prayers now go out to our neighbors to the south in the Bahamas. The devastation they had was what we expected and planned for, "Kelly said. "And you can see how bad this is."
Evacuation orders for many Florida counties were lifted by Wednesday night, the state emergency management department said.
Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said in a statement that although the threat of a hurricane passed in the state, Florida remains in peak hurricane season and urged residents not to complain.
"I urge every resident to be prepared and continue to take every storm seriously," said Moskowitz.  While Florida escaped much of Dorian's anger, the storm continued to pose a threat to the Southeast. At 10pm Wednesday, the center of the hurricane, which had maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, was about 130 miles south of Charles Ston, South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center, and rainfall spread through the Carolinas well before the storm.
It was expected to move near or above the coast of this state Thursday and be near or above the North Carolina coast Thursday evening or Friday.
Forecasters warn of potential jumps of storms up to 8 feet across parts of the coast. South Carolina and up to 7 feet in parts of North Carolina.
North Tibi Island in Georgia had wind gusts up to 49 mph, and Foley Beach, south of Charleston, had a high wind report of 57 mph from the hurricane at 6:30 pm