On Ocracoke Island, near the southern end of the 200-mile-long string of barrier islands and spits, about 500 of the 1,000 residents have stuck around to face the storm, said Ann Warner, the owner of Howard’s Pub on the island.
"The boats are tied down. Yards are cleaned up. Businesses are closed. People are hunkered down," Warner said by phone Thursday.
Within hours, Dorian should push away from the U.S. coast.
“On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will move near or over the coast of North Carolina during the next several hours. The center should move to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then across Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night,” Senior Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi wrote in Friday’s advisory.
As Dorian scoots toward Nova Scotia where it was expected by the weekend, the hurricane center said tropical-storm conditions could be upon a portion of Massachusetts within 36 hours. By Thursday night, a tropical storm warning had been issued in Massachusetts from Woods Hole to Sagamore.
David Fleshler covers the environment for the Sun Sentinel, writing about coral reefs, the Everglades, sea level rise, endangered species and many other topics. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he holds a BA in philosophy from NYU and a master’s in journalism from Columbia. He previously worked at the York (Pa.) Daily Record. He lives in Boca Raton.