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TROPICAL WEATHER-SLOW STORM
Dorian isn’t moving because the upper atmosphere is too calm
Powerful Hurricane Dorian has been going nowhere because nothing high up is making it budge.
Usually the upper atmosphere’s winds push and pull hurricanes north or west or at least somewhere. They’re so powerful that they dictate where these big storms go.
But meteorologists say the steering currents at 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) above ground have ground to a halt because high pressure and low pressure systems are cancelling each other out. The steering currents aren’t moving, so neither is Dorian.
After reaching record-tying wind speeds on landfall in the Bahamas, the storm just stalled. Its eyewall first hit Grand Bahama Island Sunday night, and 18 hours later part of the eye still lingered there.
While it’s horrible for the Bahamas, meteorologists say it may help spare Florida a bit.
TROPICAL WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST
The Latest: N Carolina officials see Dorian doing less harm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say they expect far less rain or flooding from Hurricane Dorian than the state experienced during Florence last year.
State Emergency Management Meteorologist Katie Webster said Monday that Dorian is expected to pick up its speed as it churns north along the East Coast. Webster says Dorian could drop 5 to 10 inches of rain on North Carolina, with points along the coast getting a foot or more. That’s about half the maximum rainfall totals during Florence last September.
Florence was blamed for 45 storm-related deaths in North Carolina and the National Hurricane Center lists it as causing $22 billion in damage.
Gov. Roy Cooper said he’s activated 300 members of the National Guard to help with preparations and storm response.
BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Dorian weakens to Category 3 hurricane
McLEAN’S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (AP) – Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill.
At 2:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the ferocious storm’s center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position since Monday afternoon.
But its wind speeds lessened slightly to 120 mph (193 kph) with higher gusts. That was down from 130 mph (209 kph) Monday evening.
The hurricane is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.
White House: Trump gets hourly updates on Hurricane Dorian
STERLING, Va. (AP) – President Donald Trump was receiving hourly updates on Hurricane Dorian while at his private Virginia golf club.
That’s according to White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
Trump spent several hours at the club on Labor Day.
The president has also been retweeting storm updates issued by the National Hurricane Center.
Trump participated in a briefing on Dorian at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Washington headquarters on Sunday.
Dorian was hovering over the Bahamas on Monday after pummeling the islands with winds topping 150 mph (240 kph).
Forecasters say the hurricane is likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday and curving to the northeast parallel to the U.S. Southeast seaboard.
Trump has declared emergencies in the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
MOOSE LODGE SHOOTING
4 wounded in shooting outside private North Carolina party
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are working to find out who shot four people outside a private party.
Rocky Mount police say it happened late Sunday in the parking lot of a Moose lodge in the city.
Two victims were found outside the building, with one treated at the scene and the other transported to a hospital. Two gunshot victims arrived at the hospital in personal cars.
Police said no one was in custody.
The Moose are a fraternal organization.
NATIONAL SEASHORE DEATH
VA man dies in sea off Cape Hatteras National Seashore in NC
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) – A Virginia man pulled from the surf of a North Carolina beach is dead.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials say a bystander pulled the 61-year-old man from Oak Hills, Virginia, from the waves Sunday evening.
A spokesman for the federal park says the bystander spotted the swimmer in apparent trouble and brought him to shore. They were met by arriving rescue workers. CPR efforts failed.
A cause of death hasn’t been determined.
There were rip currents in the area and park officials said there was a high risk of more on Monday.
The Virginia man’s death marks the second this year in the waters off Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There were five similar fatalities in 2018, seven in 2017, and eight in 2016.
HURRICANE RECOVERY SESSIONS
N Carolina officials holding disaster information sessions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State officials are holding community disaster information sessions in eastern North Carolina to update residents on resources available for those hurt by hurricanes.
The series of 15 sessions resumes Tuesday in Wilmington and Swan Quarter. Meetings also are planned in Beaufort, Whiteville, Fayetteville, Leland, Currie, Kinston, Jacksonville and Bladenboro.
A date hasn’t been set for a meeting in Merritt.
Agencies hosting the meetings include the office of Gov. Roy Cooper; the state office of Recovery and Resiliency; North Carolina Emergency Management and the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services.
FATAL POLICE SHOOTING
Sheriff’s office: Armed man fatally shot by deputy
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A spokesman for a North Carolina sheriff’s office says a deputy shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at deputies and refused to drop it.
The News & Observer reports that the Wake County Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately identify the man who was killed or the deputy who shot him late Saturday.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Eric Curry says the deputy was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation.
Deputies responded to two calls at the same Wake County address before the shooting. Curry says the man ran into nearby woods during the first call before deputies found him in a car after responding to the second call.
Curry said the man tried to drive away before he pointed a handgun at the deputies.