Hurricane Dorian strengthens to a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds as it approaches the both North and South Carolina.
The hurricane was about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, Thursday morning moving north at just less than 10 mph.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to batter both North and South Carolina through Thursday threatening dangerous storm surges reaching seven or eight in various coastal areas.
Experts predict the hurricane to affect portions of South Carolina earlier in the say Thursday, and eventually approach North Carolina late Thursday and continuing into Friday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to deliver damaging winds as well in the next couple days as the storm brushes the Eastern Seaboard.
This comes just days after the formerly Category 5 storm remained nearly motionless over the Bahamas for two days killing at least 20 people in its path.
Experts predict the death toll to climb as thousands of people are believed to be without clean drinking water following the devastation.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis weighed in on the tragedy earlier this week calling the loss of life “historic” while categorizing the hurricane and its effects as both “unprecedented and and extensive.”
The storm began battering the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane while destroying reportedly thousands of homes and unleashing historic flooding.
According to reports, some areas endured storm surges around 20 feet above normal at the height of the hurricane.
Officials say there are currently over 1,500 people in shelters seeking refuge in South Carolina as it approaches the coastline.