Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 20 as it pushes towards mainland United States
Parts of the United States are preparing for the worst flooding conditions in 30 years.
The death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has rised to 20 and is expected to rise as it continues to wreak havoc as it heads towards the United States.
"We've had an absolute horrendous tragedy, numbers of lives lost, and we have not completed the door-to-door," Bahamian health minister Duane Sands told NBC News.
As of Thursday morning, the hurricane is making its way towards Florida and South Carolina, with major evacuations ordered for both of those areas.
America's National Weather Service stated that parts of South Carolina are expected to reach high tides of between 9 and 10-and-a-half feet, with anything over seven feet set to cause mass flooding in the area.
The Washington Post reports that since making landfall in the United States, the hurricane has actually gained some added strength, increasing the risk of storm hazards, with maximum sustained winds back up to 115 mph.
The US Hurricane Centre released an official statement, saying: "Life-threatening storm surge with significant coastal flooding is expected along a large portion of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States during the next couple of days."
7 pm Tropical Cyclone Update: #Dorian lashing the Georgia and South Carolina Coast. The next intermediate advisory will be issued by 8 pm. More at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB and https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN pic.twitter.com/ez1KBoYd5Q
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 4, 2019