The local government will not issue mandatory evacuations, but Assistant Chief of Community Risk Reduction and Logistics, Erica Fleck, said residents should prepare to self-evacuate if necessary.
She added that flying debris was a top concern and urged residents to secure all loose items before the storm.
Dorian is expected to bring tropical storm winds to Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts on Saturday.
But it will likely spare much of the East Coast the worst of its rain and wind before making landfall in Canada’s Nova Scotia that night, the hurricane center said.
The damage was far less severe than in the Bahamas, where at least 70,000 people were in need of immediate humanitarian relief after Dorian became the most damaging storm ever to hit the island nation.
Of at least four storm-related deaths reported in the United States, three were in Orange County, Florida, during storm preparations or evacuation, the mayor’s office said. In North Carolina, an 85-year-old man fell off a ladder while barricading his home for Dorian, the governor said.
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