More deaths reported as Dorian sweeps towards Canada
At least 306,000 Canadians are without power as the now-post-tropical cyclone Dorian sweeps further north.
State Emergency Response Team spokeswoman Diana Kees said in an email Saturday afternoon (local time) that a 67-year-old man died yesterday in Pamlico County, North Carolina after collapsing at his home while cleaning storm debris.
At least five deaths in the Southeast have been blamed on Dorian. The others were men in Florida or North Carolina who died in falls or by electrocution while trimming trees, putting up storm shutters or otherwise getting ready for the hurricane.
At least 43 people have been killed in the Bahamas, where many more remain missing.
A large construction crane in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has meanwhile toppled over onto a building under construction as Dorian approaches.
There were no immediate reports of injuries from the collapse this afternoon. Toppled trees and power outages were also being reported.
In a Saturday 5pm EDT advisory, the US-based National Hurricane Center says Dorian is now a post-tropical cyclone, although it still has hurricane-strength winds.
Forecasters say Dorian is located about 80km southwest of Halifax and has maximum sustained winds of 161km/h.
Nova Scotia Power Inc says more than 306,000 customers are in the dark, including 160,000 in the Halifax area. The wind was gusting at over 100km/h by late afternoon.
Dorian's worst damage in the US appeared to be on Ocracoke Island, which even in good weather is accessible only by boat or air and is popular with tourists for its undeveloped beaches.
Longtime residents who hunkered down to wait out the storm described strong but manageable winds followed by a wall of water that flooded the first floors of many homes and forced some to await rescue from their attics.
Governor Roy Cooper said about 800 people had remained on the island to wait out Dorian.
The storm made landfall yesterday morning over the Outer Banks as a far weaker storm than the monster that devastated the Bahamas.
Yet despite having been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, it still sent seawater surging into homes on Ocracoke, many for the first time in memory.
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