WXII 12 News Headlines from 12 p.m. September 4

WXII 12 News Headlines from 12 p.m. September 4


THIS IS BREAKING NEWS. MARGO: THAT BREAKING NEWS OUT OF
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA, OUR
STATE’S ENTIRE COASTLINE IS NOW
UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING AS
DORIAN APPROACHES. RIGHT NOW, ROUGH SURF IS
SLIMMING THE BEACHES IN THE
CAROLINAS AS YOU CAN SEE FROM
OUR CAMERA IN MYRTLE BEACH. GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY. I MARGARET JOHNSON HERE WITH
MICHELLE KENNEDY. MICHELLE, LET’S TALK ABOUT WHERE
DORIAN IS AND WHAT YOUR THINKING
IS FOR OUR AREA. MICHELLE: UNFORTUNATELY, THAT
TRACK IS JUST A LITTLE BIT
FURTHER WEST. THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS, WE
CONTINUED TO SEE IT MOVE, WHICH
IS GOOD NEWS. IT DOES EXPECT TO TAKE THAT
NORTHEASTERLY TRACK. THE QUESTION IS WHEN. WE ARE LOOKING AT AN IMPACT
DIRECTLY ON THIS CURRENT
HURRICANE FORECAST TRACK. YOU ARE LOOKING AT A CATEGORY 2
NOW SITTING OFFSHORE OF FLORIDA
AND YOU CAN SEE WE ARE UNDER
THESE HURRICANE WATCHES. WE’VE GOT TROPICAL STORM WATCH
IS UP AND TO VIRGINIA AND A
TROPICAL STORM WARNING INLAND
WHICH MEANS RALEIGH MAY SEE SOME
TROPICAL STORM FORCE GUSTS. CATEGORY TWO STORM ON THIS TRACK
TAKING A CLOSE TO CHARLESTON AS
IT MOVES TO THE NORTH AND EAST
OVERNIGHT, TAKING THAT TURN AT
SOME POINT. WHERE IT TAKES THAT TURN IS
GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT TO US
BECAUSE IF IT MAKES LANDFALL
INLAND, IT MAY LESSEN THE
IMPACTS FOR NORTH CAROLINA AND
IF IT DOES NOT AND MOVES FURTHER EAST, IT COULD LESSEN THE
IMPACTS ALONG THE COAST. A LOT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH
THIS TRACK OVER THE NEXT 24
HOURS, BUT MODELS CONSISTENTLY
FOR THE LAST TWO TO THREE DAYS
TAKING IT UP ALONG THE COAST TO
THE NORTH AND EAST AND THAT IS HAPPENING, THAT NORTHWESTERLY
TRACK THAN WE EXPECTED AND NOW
NORTHEAST MOVEMENT. BY FRIDAY EVENING, IT IS MOVING
AWAY FROM OUR COAST LINE
EVENTUALLY, WE SEE THAT SYSTEM
DISSOLVE INTO A NONTROPICAL
SYSTEM GOING INTO SATURDAY AND
SUNDAY. THAT IS WHAT THE TRACK LOOKS
LIKE. IT PULLS AWAY VERY QUICKLY AFTER
THAT. STORM SURGE IS A BIG DEAL AND WE
ARE SEEING SOME WAVE HEIGHTS
ALSO APPROACHING JACKSONVILLE
WITH 16 FOOT WAVES, 35 FOOT
WAVES ALONG THE OUTER EDGE OF
THIS HURRICANE. WE SEE THE WAVE HEIGHT AT ABOUT
11 FEET RIGHT NOW. WE ARE GOING TO TALK MORE ABOUT
OUR IMPACT INLAND COMING UP. MARG EVEN BEFORE HURRICANE
DORIAN REACHES OUR SHORES, THE
STORM TOOK THE LIFE OF A MAN IN
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA. AND 85-YEAR-OLD MAN IN COLUMBUS
COUNTY FELL FROM A LADDER WHILE
PREPARING FOR DORIAN. NORTH CAROLINA FACES DEADLY
STORM AND INLAND FLOODING FROM
THE STORM. HE SAYS TODAY IS THE DAY TO
FINISH PREPARING FOR DORIAN’S
ARRIVAL. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE IN
PLACE FOR ALL BARRIER ISLANDS
AND SEVERAL EASTERN COUNTIES. THE GOVERNOR SAYS YOU STILL HAVE
TIME TO GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY. + NORTH CAROLINIANS ARE USED TO
FACING STORMS, BUT PLEASE DON’T
LET FAMILIARITY GET IN THE WAY
OF GOOD JUDGMENT. IF YOU ARE IN AN AREA WHERE AN
EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED,
LEAVE NOW. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF YOUR
LOCAL OFFICIALS. DON’T TRY TO RIDE IT OUT. IT’S NOT WORTH PUTTING YOUR LIFE
AT RISK OR ENDANGERING FIRST
RESPONDERS WHO MIGHT HAVE TO
SAVE YOU. MARGO: NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AND
SWIFTWATER RESCUE TEAMS ARE ON
STANDBY ACROSS EASTERN NORTH
CAROLINA. PEOPLE FROM WILMINGTON, THE
CRYSTAL COAST, AND THE OUTER
BANKS ARE BRACING FOR DORIAN’S
IMPACT. OUR STORM TEAM COVERAGE
CONTINUES WITH STEVE KING. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? STEVE: WITH THOSE MANDATORY
EVACUATIONS IN PLACE AND A
HURRICANE WARNING IN PLACE,
PEOPLE HERE ARE BEING BUSSED TO
EMERGENCY SHELTERS IN OTHER
PARTS OF THE STATE. BUSES ARE LEAVING BY 2:00 THIS
AFTERNOON. MEANWHILE, SOME BUSINESSES ARE
GETTING READY FOR HURRICANE
DORIAN, LAYING SANDBAGS IN FRONT
OF DOORS AND BOARDING OF ROOMS. AS WE HEARD, THE GOVERNOR IS
URGING EVERYONE TO LEAVE AND NOT
RISK IT. IF ANY RESCUES ARE NECESSARY IN
THE COMING DAYS, EMS IS READY TO
GO. ANDY REID IS TRYING TO RELAX
RIGHT NOW BEFORE HIS SHIFT
STARTS THIS EVENING.>>I’M NOT TOO NERVOUS, NOT TOO
WORRIED. WE’VE JUST GOT TO FOCUS ON WHAT
NEEDS TO BE DONE. WE LOVE THIS SORT OF STUFF,
PEOPLE WHO GET INTO EMS LOVE
BEING THERE FOR EVERYBODY WHEN
THEY NEED HELP. STEVE: BUT PILOTS WILL NOT BE IN
THE AIR ONCE SUSTAINED WINDS HIT
A SPEED OF 50 MILES PER HOUR,
ANOTHER REASON WHY THE GOVERNOR
PUT THAT MANDATORY EVACUATION
ORDER IN PLACE SIX HOURS AGO. STEVE KING, WXII 12 NEWS. MARG PEOPLE IN SOUTHEASTERN
NORTH CAROLINA ARE ALSO GETTING
OUT OF DORIAN’S WAY. OFFICIALS ORDERED RESIDENTS TO
THE BEACHES TO EVACUATE. CARS LINED UP TO HEAD OUT OF
TOWN. THERE ARE CONCERNS THAT STORM
SURGE CAUSE FLOODING ON
LOW-LYING ISLANDS. A LOT OF BUILDINGS ARE ALSO
BOARDED UP AS WELL. MEMBERS OF THE GREENSBORO FIRE
DEPARTMENT ARE READY TO DEAL
WITH WHATEVER DORIAN DISHES OUT. THE DEPARTMENT WE DID THESE
IMAGES OF CRUISE’S STAGING
EQUIPMENT IN PLYMOUTH ABOUT ONE
HOUR EAST OF TARBORO. 42 FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE TRIAD
ARE HELPING OUT THERE FOR THE
FIRST RESPONDERS. THEY WILL BE CONDUCTING
SWIFTWATER RESCUES AND
SEARCHES. MEMBERS COULD BE IN NORTH
CAROLINA FOR UP TO TWO WEEKS. DORIAN’S OUTER RAIN BANDS ARE
STARTING TO CLOSE IN ON THE
SOUTH CAROLINA COAST. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT MYRTLE
BEACH THIS AFTERNOON. LOTS OF DARK CLOUDS. THE BEACH IS MOSTLY EMPTY BUT A
FEW PEOPLE ARE CHECKING OUT THE
SURF. LET’S GET A CHECK ON CONDITIONS
NOW IN CHARLESTON.>>I’M NIGEL ROBERTSON RIGHT ON
THE HISTORIC BATTERY. THIS IS WHERE THE ASHLEY RIVER
AND THE COOPER RIVER NEEDS,
MAKING CHARLESTON HARBOR. YOU CAN SEE HOW ROUGH THE WATER
ALREADY IS. LOOK IN THE DISTANCE, THOSE
CLOUDS, THIS FIRST FEW BANDS OF
HURRICANE DORIAN MOVING HERE
INTO CHARLESTON. THE BIG CONCERN, OF COURSE, IS
GOING TO BE STORM SURGE. LOOK AT HOW HIGH THE WATER IS
ALREADY. HIGH TIE IS AROUND 1:00 TODAY
AND THEN 1:00 IN THE MORNING. SO, THOSE ARE THE TIMES WHERE
YOU HAVE THE RAIN, THE STORM
SURGE, AND THE HIGH TIDE THAT WE
COULD BE SEEING SOME SERIOUS
COASTAL FLOODING IN THE
CHARLESTON AREA.

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