(9/2/2019) NBC NEWS — In coastal cities and towns up and down the southeastern coast, people are bracing for Hurricane Dorian.
While the exact path is still unclear, the storm’s strength is undeniable. It’s one of the most powerful storms on record.
Dorian ripped through The Bahamas as a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and with gusts up to 220.
“This is not our first hurricane, this is not our second and this is not our third.” say Bahama native Patrice Rolle. “We have lived through some hurricanes and we will live through this through God’s grace and mercy.”
Those prayers also shared in Florida as Dorian takes aim at the U.S.
“If it doesn’t take that turn north, it’s coming straight in here at category 5 so you have to act I believe” says Florida resident Donna Kirby.
Mandatory evacuations are now in place on the coastlines in South Carolina and Georgia, where at least one million people will have to leave starting today.
“You need to take action now.” says Peter Gaynor, Acting FEMA Administrator. “If you are at risk if you’ve been given mandatory evacuation order you should NOT try to though it out you should get out.”