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Update: September 5, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. ET

The brunt of Hurricane Dorian is bringing storm surge, rainfall flooding, high winds and tornadoes to the Carolinas Thursday afternoon.

According to, Dorian has been reduced to a Category 2 storm, but it is still unleashing hurricane-force winds in South Carolina. Forecasters believe the storm will impact southeast Virginia Friday before moving out to see slightly and then returning to dump heavy rain and wind on Massachusetts Saturday.

As for Dorian’s impact on the aviation industry, is reporting over 550 flights to and from airports in the U.S. impacted by the storm have been canceled Thursday and more than 1,360 flights have already been delayed.

While the cruise industry continues to return to normal, the cruise lines that serve the region are stepping up their efforts to help The Bahamas. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and MSC Group have added their names to the group working to bring the relief and recovery assistance to the local population and businesses that need them the most.

After gaining strength overnight and becoming a Category 3 storm, Hurricane Dorian is now making its impact on the coastal areas of South Carolina and North Carolina with storm surge, rainfall flooding and high winds.

According to, Dorian’s maximum sustained winds increased to the 115 miles per hour, with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 195 miles from the eye and hurricane-force winds extending up to 60 miles from the eye.

The hurricane is expected to continue moving north along the Atlantic coast of the Southeast United States, with southeast Virginia likely to face the wrath of the storm Friday.

As for the hurricane’s continued impact on travel, is reporting over 500 flights to and from airports in the U.S. impacted by the storm have been canceled Thursday morning and more than 300 flights have already been delayed.

The airports experiencing the most delays and cancellations include Charleston International, Charlotte Douglas International, Savannah/Hilton Head International and Myrtle Beach International. Many of the airports in Florida which closed ahead Dorian have now reopened.

Airlines serving flights to the impacted airports in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have issued travel advisories and are waiving change fees, including top carriers such as American, Delta, Southwest and United.

For cruise passengers, ports in Freeport, Jacksonville and Charleston remain closed Thursday, but major ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach are once again open for business. In total, over 25 voyages had to change their itineraries due to Dorian, according to Cruise Critic.

The cruise lines serving the region have started pledging money and resources to The Bahamas following the devastation of the hurricane, with Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian donating over $5 million combined so far.

While the death toll in The Bahamas has risen to at least 20 and tens of thousands of homes were damaged by Dorian, other portions of the island chain were relatively unscathed, including Nassau and Paradise Island.

Rail travelers are also dealing with delays and cancellations, with Amtrak announcing severe weather in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions has forced the company to modify schedules and cancel select services between Thursday and Saturday.