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Death toll from Hurricane Durian rises to 30 in Bahamas

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) —

Thirty people have died in the Bahamas due to the devastating Hurricane Durian. Hurricane Durian caused torrential rains in North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday, flooding coastal towns and downing trees two days after it devastated parts of the Bahamas.

In low-lying areas of the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, the flood waters were 30 centimeters or more.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a statement published at 8 pm local time that the center of the hurricane was about 48 km south of Cape Fair in North Carolina on Thursday evening and the wind speed was 160 km per hour.

He said the center of the hurricane was expected to move near or above the North Carolina coast on Thursday night and Friday.

He also warned of rising waves and strong winds on most of the coast of North Carolina and Virginia.

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State governors in the region declared a state of emergency, closed schools, opened shelters and put the National Guard on alert and appealed to residents to take warnings seriously, after new images of the massive destruction caused by the storm earlier in the Bahamas spread.

In North Carolina and South Carolina alone, more than 900,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. It was unclear how many had carried out the orders.

At least four people in the United States were reported killed in hurricane-related incidents. Orange County Mayor’s office in Florida said three people had died there in preparation for the storm or during evacuation. In North Carolina, an 85-year-old man fell off a ladder as he fortified his house to weather the storm, the governor said.

Nearly 210,000 homes and businesses in South Carolina and Georgia were cut off by Thursday morning, local electricity companies said.

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