By early afternoon Friday business owners were removing the plywood panels over their windows downtown, and residents were raking leaves and debris in their yards. It was almost like Dorian was never here for some. 

"I Feel Blessed"

Sep 9, 2019
Vince Winkel

The sun came out Friday afternoon… just hours after Dorian left the Cape Fear region. People came out - walking, jogging, riding bikes, and waiting for the bus.

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office

Dorian has left the Cape Fear region, but its impact lingers. While counties spent nearly a week preparing for Thursday night’s wind and rainfall, the most significant damage may have happened hours before the storm actually hit: from tornadoes.

Dorian: A Look Back

Sep 6, 2019


Two weeks ago, an innocuous tropical depression began a quiet westward trek, churning over the Atlantic until it strengthened into a hurricane. That’s when Dorian announced her presence.

Hurricane Dorian is slowly closing in on the Cape Fear region. It’s expected to reach here this sometime evening, as conditions deteriorate.

Vince Winkel

Hurricane Dorian is now a category 2 storm, and is closing in on the Cape Fear region. It’s full force is expected to reach here this evening. 

Dorian Brings Tornados Ahead of Impact

Sep 5, 2019

Dorian was downgraded from a category 3 hurricane to a category 2 as of 11am this morning, but that hasn’t stopped the storm from bringing tornados to the Carolinas. One tornado touched down in Horry County near Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Two touched down in Pender County, one near Hampstead. A tornado was reported in Brunswick County near Calabash. All occurred before 11am on Thursday.

Hurricane Dorian is taking its time creeping up the southeastern coast.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service say they’re expecting sustained wind speeds along the coast of 65-85 mph when the storm passes the Cape Fear region.  

The major concerns:  wind damage and flooding. 

From the Cape Fear Region to Surf City, National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Willis says winds could gust up to 100 mph.  Dorian makes its closest pass late Thursday into Friday. But a little wobble to the left or right could change the intensity.

As a powerful Category 2 hurricane, Dorian could bring life-threatening storm surge and flooding. But the intensity of those impacts depend on how close Dorian comes to the North Carolina coast.

"The most likely arrival time of tropical storm force winds will be early Thursday morning and through the day with the worst conditions expected Thursday afternoon through the evening hours."

That’s National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Scalora. 


This afternoon Hurricane Dorian is continuing to move up the coast of Florida. It’s expected to reach the Cape Fear region, some 25 miles offshore, early Thursday morning.

Vince Winkel

Hurricane Dorian is forecast to pass 25 miles off the coast of Wilmington between 2 and 4 am Thursday morning. With it could be up to 10 inches of rain, and maybe more. But local officials say flooding should not be as severe as it was a year ago. 

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the state’s barrier islands.  

Shelters for those seeking a safer place in preparation for Hurricane Dorian begin opening Wednesday, September 4th.  Please note time differences in each county.

New Hanover County officials have announced a mandatory evacuation order for residents and visitors of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island, which is a barrier island, beginning on Wednesday, September 4 at 8 a.m.

According to a county press release, New Hanover County and City of Wilmington residents in areas prone to flooding or storm surge, as well as residents in travel trailers, mobile homes or homes still damaged from Hurricane Florence are under a voluntary evacuation beginning on Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Dorian is beginning to move northwestward at about one mph, and the National Weather Service says a slightly faster move toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected later today and tonight. A turn toward the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn to the north-northeast Thursday morning. 


Hurricane Dorian, a strong Category 4 storm as of 11 AM September 2nd, is still expected to approach the Carolinas by the middle of this week.  That's according to the Wilmington office of the National Weather Service.