More than 1,500 in South Carolina shelters

Associated Press • Sep 4, 2019 at 10:08 PM

American Red Cross officials say that more than 1,500 people have sought refuge from Hurricane Dorian in a total of 28 shelters in the central and eastern portions of South Carolina.

In Charleston, South Carolina, meanwhile, steady rain began falling Wednesday evening as Dorian approached the Carolinas and winds began picking up. Thunder could be heard frequently and only a few cars seemed to be plying the roads connecting the western edge of downtown Charleston with areas of the city just across a river.

Forecasters say the Category 2 hurricane was centered at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday about 130 miles (210 kilometers) south of Charleston. It has top sustained winds of 110 mph (175 kph) and is moving to the north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). Earlier this week, Dorian smashed through the northern Bahamas as the strongest hurricane ever to hit the islands, leaving at least 20 dead.

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