Hurricane Dorian fast facts
- Hurricane Dorian has regained strength, becoming a Category 3 storm again with 115 mph sustained winds.
- Hurricane conditions are expected along parts of South Carolina coast Thursday morning and along the North Carolina coast later in the day.
- As of 5 am Thursday, the storm's core was about 80 miles southwest of Charleston, South Carolina and 200 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.
- The National Hurricane Center says dangerous storm surges are possible today on parts of the coasts of the The Carolinas
- The hurricane decimated parts of the Bahamas for 48 hours, leaving at least 20 people dead. Intense rescue and relief efforts were underway.
Hurricane Dorian regained strength late Wednesday, again becoming a Category 3 storm as it moved slowly up the U.S. Southeast coast and approved North and South Carolina. It brought heavy wind gusts and heavy rain to Florida Wednesday after leaving at least 20 dead in the Bahamas and parts of that nation of low lying islands in the ruins.
Although Florida was added to the brunt of storms, North and South Carolina were bracing for its impact. Dorian still has the potential to make landfall Thursday or Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.
"Life-threatening" storm surges and damaging winds are possible over the next two days "along a large portion of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts, "the center said.
Forecasters issued a hurricane warning Wednesday for northern Georgia up through southern Virginia. Millions were told to evacuate.
As of 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, Dorian had maximum sustained winds of 1
Hurricane force winds extended outward to 60 miles from the
Sustained tropical wind gusts occurring along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts
A NOAA weather station in the north end of Folly Island, South Carolina, reported a sustained wind of 51 mph. and a gust of 62 mph was recorded, the National Hurricane Center said. At Shutes Folly in Charleston Harbor, with sustained winds of 41 mph and gusts of 55 mph were recorded.
Florida man parks electric car in kitchen
A Florida man was concerned his beloved smart car would get blown away in Dorian this week, so he moved it to a very safe place.
Jacksonville native Patrick Eldridge told CBS News he put his smart car inside his house on Tuesday morning, adding that his "wife was impressed that I was right about being able to fit into the kitchen."
His wife, Jessica, posted hilarious images of the small car inside Florida home on Facebook on Tuesday morning. "My husband was afraid of his car might blow away," she wrote. "And my car is in the garage."
The photos quickly went viral, garnering over 65,000 shares and 22,000 reactions. "We are still in shock that this madness wave has occurred on the Internet since the posting first emerged," Eldridge said.
The couple moved their vehicle out of their home after a storm weakened and moved away from Florida. While his car didn't need protection after all, the man said he did learn valuable information from the experience. "We now know that we have one additional parking spot available though!" he joked.
– Danielle Garrand
Dorian regains strength and becomes a Category 3
Dorian has regained strength and is once again a Category 3 storm as of 11 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm has a maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.
Its core was located 105 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and 225 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Dorian was moving north at 7 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended outward to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward to 195 miles.
All of the watches and warnings for the east coast of Florida south of the mouth of St. Mary's River have been discontinued.
U.S. Northern Command to provide assistance to Bahamas
The U.S. The Northern Command, which oversees homeland defense for the Department of Defense, said Wednesday it would be providing assistance to the Bahamas.
In addition, four U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys transported an Air Force assessment team to the Bahamas.
The United States Agency for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the leading federal agency for foreign disaster response, has requested Defense
More than 1,500 in South Carolina shelters
American Red Cross officials say more than 1,500 people have sought refuge from Hurricane Dorian in a total of 28 shelters in the central and eastern portions of South Carolina.
In Charleston, South Carolina, meanwhile, steady rain began falling Wednesday evening as Dorian approached the Carolinas and winds began picking up. Thunder could be heard frequently and only a few cars seemed to be flying the roads connecting the western edge of downtown Charleston with areas of the city just across the river.
– The Associated Press
Survivors describe the horrors of facing Dorian
Survivors in the Bahamas described the horrors of facing Dorian. Robert and Phyllis Cornea have lived in the Abaco Islands for more than 50 years. They've been homeless since Sunday.
"All the main buildings are gone. It's gone. Everything is gone," Robert Cornea told CBS Evening News. "
" Take a picture of me because it's all I have left, what do you see me in, "Phyllis Cornea said. "I've been in these four days."
Adrian Farrington told CBS News he lost his son. "I can still see my son getting dragged across the roof reaching up," he said.
Farrington said he thought he lifted his 5-year-old son to safety on the roof of his house, only to see him washed away by the surging flood waters.
"If he be rescued, praise the lord. But for the search, what I saw, when I lost him, anything could happen. You had sharks swimming in the water. Anything can happen," he said.
Nancy Albert waited all day for a flight out, but it didn't happen. She described how her home was destroyed. "We opened the door to the bathroom, there was nothing left. It was gone. The house was gone," she said.
– Norah O'Donnell, David Begnaud and Nikki Battiste
Coast Guard Coast Guard rescues in the Bahamas
"CBS Evening News" flew with the US The Coast Guard's Seventh District over the islands hit hardest by the hurricane. Aboard the HC-144 cargo plane, the devastation is clear.
The Coast Guard has rescued a total of 114 people and six pets from a devastated string of islands. They will keep flying into the hardest hit parts of the Bahamas for as long as they needed.
"Our primary mission is search and rescue. We can suffer some casualty on the plane to save a life but our primary mission is to save a life, "Lieutenant Julianna White said.
The Coast Guard Air Station Miami is no stranger to these missions. In 2005, they rescued nearly 800 people following Hurricane Katrina. Lieutenant Jillian Harner said even one rescue makes all the hard work worth it.
"It's definitely an honor. You have one case of rescues, it's the best feeling. It makes the training you've done worth it," Harner said .
– Norah O'Donnell
Death toll climbs to 20 in Bahamas
Death toll in the Bahamas jumped to 20 on Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau told CBS News. The hospital is currently treating 35 patients, the spokesperson said.
– Nikki Battiste reports
Watches and warnings in effect
A summary of watches and warnings in effect, via the National Hurricane Center.  Storm surge warning: From the Flagler-Volusia county line in Florida to Poquoson, Virginia; the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds; the Neuse and Pamlico rivers; Hampton Roads, Virginia
A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions were expected.
A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions were expected within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions were possible within 48 hours.
A storm surge warning means there was a danger of life-threatening rising water moving inland within 36 hours. A storm surge watch means there was a chance of life-threatening rising water within 48 hours.