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Important Updates on Hurricane Dorian's Impact on North Carolina

September 3, 2019
Blog Post

Dear North Carolinian,

I just received an updated briefing from FEMA and wanted you to have the most recent information on Hurricane Dorian and its impact on North Carolina. 

First, I want to extend our prayers to our Bahamian neighbors, especially on Grand Bahama Island as they face utter devastation. The U.S. government has been in consistent contact with Bahamian officials and will continue to aid in rescue operations.

After stalling for an extended period the storm is now moving 5mph to the northeast along the Florida coast. Though it has been downgraded in category, Hurricane Dorian remains potentially dangerous with 110mph winds and an expanded wind field as the scope of the storm has expanded to hold a radius of about 60 miles with the strongest winds on the northern portion of the storm. Hurricane Dorian will continue to accelerate as it approaches the North Carolina coast. 

FEMA's concerns remain the potential storm surge in coastal North Carolina, as well as the estimated 4-6 inches of rainfall and the possibility of tornados to spin up quickly. 



Flooding is a key risk with this storm. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather-related hazard. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. 

Hurricane Dorian is a large storm, and federal, state and tribal governments are prepared for an equal response.  FEMA and their partners have resources on the ground in North Carolina to be ready to respond to requests for support. They have currently set up a staging area at Fort Bragg.

While the forecasts are now better for North Carolina than originally expected, this is a slow moving and powerful hurricane that can change rapidly. Please continue to pay attention to Dorian’s forecast as only a slight deviation of the forecast could bring Dorian closer to the coastline and impact more of our state. Those in North Carolina who are under mandatory evacuations should heed those warnings. Those areas include:

  • The Outer Banks
  • The Shackleford Banks
  • The Bogue Banks
  • Bald Head Island
  • Dare County
  • Ocracoke Island
  • Carolina Beach
  • Kure Beach
  • Wrightsville Beach
  • and Figure Eight Island

Additionally, here are some important resources for emergency preparedness and tracking Hurricane Dorian:

  • Download the FEMA app (in English or Spanish) for directions to shelters, a checklist of emergency supplies, survival tips and weather alerts.
  • Visit for additional tips, information and resources useful before, during and after the storm.
  • Download the ReadyNC mobile app by visiting
  • Register for Duke Energy Outage Alerts by email here or text REG to 57801.
  • Find and share information on open American Red Cross shelters by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App.
  • If you do not expect to be impacted by Hurricane Dorian, here is how you can help:
    • Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance. Ensure your donation helps people affected by Hurricane Dorian by choosing that option on or 1-800-RED CROSS.  
    • Donate blood: The holiday weekend and weather is expected to disrupt blood donations. The American Red Cross is urging eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to roll up a sleeve to give today. The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for blood donations following a summer shortage. Schedule an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  


We will work to keep everyone updated as Hurricane Dorian approaches. Even without a landfall, there may be significant impacts and damage along North Carolina. Our office will continue coordinating with FEMA and state agencies. On Thursday, I will head to the North Carolina Joint Operations Center to help plan our federal response.


Mark Walker