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Hurricane Dorian threatens the US: Live Updates

Hurricane Dorian, currently a Category 2 with winds of around 105 mph, is expected to make landfall in Beaufort County, South Carolina, near Hilton Head between 6 and 8 a.m. ET tomorrow and work its way up the coast into North Carolina, according to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Officials are expecting winds along the coast to be around 90 mph, and 6 to 12 inches of rain to cause flooding east of I-95.

Charleston is already expecting flooding due to tides. Gov. McMaster says water is the real danger, as the storm surge will begin to be felt along the South Carolina coast this afternoon.

South Carolina DPS officials estimate that around 360,000 people have evacuated as of 8 a.m. today -- 10% to 15% of those are tourists, numbers which are comparable to evacuations from the area last year.

DPS officials ask that when winds reach 45 mph, people avoid driving over bridges.

The I-26 lane reversal was extended an additional two hours due to an influx of Westbound traffic, but was officially ended at 2 p.m. ET today, according to the South Carolina DPS.

Governor McMaster reaffirmed that there is “still time to get out” for the people in the State’s evacuation zones. “We want everyone to leave,” McMaster said.

CNN's team on the ground in Freeport, Bahamas, got an exclusive look at the airport there today.

"The level of devastation is breathtaking," CNN's Patrick Oppmann said after seeing the airport. "Unlike anything I've ever seen."

The domestic terminal of the airport is completely wiped out. The international terminal is still be standing but has obvious damage.

Plane parts are deposited in the terminal, and the runway is covered in debris. Fences have been knocked down and there is no power.

Officials tell CNN they still have not done an assessment of the airport's international terminal. 

Georgette Adderley watched as family members and other volunteers hopped into a truck in Nassau to go help hurricane victims Wednesday.

Adderley captured a video of the noon gathering at the New Providence Community Centre.

“They are preparing to head to Abaco to lend assistance and relief,” she said.

A Black Hawk helicopter crew with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has helped evacuate more than six people from Marsh Harbour in Abaco Islands following Hurricane Dorian.

Some of the people saved Tuesday had sustained injuries.

These are the conditions CNN meteorologists expect for cities in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

  • Peak winds range: Wednesday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Max wind gusts expected: 65 to 75 mph
  • High tide, peak surge times: 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday High, peak surge early afternoon lasting until around 4 p.m.

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Peak winds range: Thursday 2 a.m. to 8 p.m., peaking between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Max wind gusts expected: 100+ mph
  • High tide, peak surge times: 1 to 2 a.m. Thursday and again at 1 to 2 p.m., peak surge between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. and again between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Peak winds range: Thursday 3 p.m. to  Friday at 3 a.m., peaking between Thursday 6 p.m. and midnight
  • Max wind gusts expected: 90 to 100 mph
  • High tide, peak surge times: Thursday 1 to 2 p.m., peak surge likely between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

  • Peak winds range: Thursday 5 p.m. to Friday at 9 a.m., peaking between Thursday at 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday
  • Max wind gusts expected: 100+ mph
  • High tide, peak surge times: Thursday 3 to 4 p.m. and again on Friday 3 to 4 a.m., peak surge likely between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday

MOREHEAD CITY, NORTH CAROLINA

  • Peak winds range: Friday midnight to noon,  peaking between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Max wind gusts expected: 100+ mph
  • High tide, peak surge times: Thursday 1 to 2 p.m. and again on Friday at 1 to 2 a.m., peak surge likely between noon and 3 p.m. on Thursday.

KILL DEVIL HILLS, NORTH CAROLINA

  • Peak winds range: Friday 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  peaking between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Max wind gusts expected: 90 to 100 mph
  • High tide, peak surge times: Friday 1 to 2 p.m., peak surge likely between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday.

Dorian is currently moving up the US coast at a speed of around 9 mph. The center of the hurricane will continue moving parallel along Florida's east coast and then the Georgia coast later tonight, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

Dorian is forecast to move near or over the Carolinas on Thursday through Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are currently clocking at around 105 mph, with higher gusts.

Dorian is expected to slowly weaken during the next few days. However, it is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during this time.

Tropical storm conditions are currently affecting parts of northeastern Florida, and should begin along the Georgia coast during the next several hours.

Tropical storm conditions will begin in the Carolinas later today, with hurricane conditions by late tonight and Thursday.

Hurricane preparations should be "rushed to completion" in these areas, the NHC said.

Gov. Brian Kemp said he is very worried about the "barrier islands getting cut off" if Storm Surge and high tides from Hurricane Dorian coincide.

"People in Savannah still have time to move," and "the roadways are in great shape," Kemp said. 

"We're lucky," Kemp said about Dorian's current track.

Kemp added,"it's frustrating" with all the storm trajectories "but we got to (sic) hunker down and chop some wood and get through one more."

Kemp's comments follow reports of downed trees in Glynn and Wayne counties Wednesday.

Brantley, east Charlton and Wayne have been added to the list of counties under a Tropical Storm warning in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp announced at a press briefing today. 

Downed trees have already been reported in Glynn and Wayne counties. High tides are expected until 3 p.m. ET, and again after midnight. Storm surge and flooding are also expected, according to Kemp. 

Interstate-16 has switched to a one-way evacuation route, Kemp said. 

Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation of six coastal counties:

  • Glynn
  • Chatham
  • Liberty
  • McIntosh
  • Bryan
  • Camden earlier in the week.

At least three bridges have closed in Nassau County due to tropical storm winds, according to Nassau County Emergency Management spokesperson Dave Richardson. 

Winds on several area bridges have now surpassed 40 mph and for that reason, they are closed, effective immediately, Richardson said. 

The "ICW" bridge, Shave Bridge and "south end bridge," or SR A1A, will remain closed until sustained winds lower to 39 mph. 

Residents can "no longer leave the barrier island to come across the bridge," but many have evacuated since the order was announced a few days ago, Richardson said. 

First responders will remain on the island to assist with any emergency situation, Richardson said.