Hurricane Dorian's economic impact depends on its final path, AccuWeather says
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Hurricane Dorian slowed and reached Category 5 hurricane strength on Sunday morning. And with those shifts in strength and speed, its forecast track has been altered. As a result, AccuWeather now estimates the total damage and economic loss caused by Hurricane Dorian will be $10 billion, according to AccuWeather Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers, based on an analysis incorporating independent methods to evaluate all direct and indirect impacts of the storm based on a variety of sources.
Much of those costs are a result of losses to the travel and tourism industry, including canceled vacations, canceled flights, lost revenue to hotels, cruise lines diverted, and expenses in preparation for the storm. Possible flooding and storm surge to coastal areas in the Southeast will also be a factor. Citrus crop and vegetable damages could also occur.
AccuWeather estimates a total damage and economic loss of $5 billion in the Bahamas and $5 billion in the United States.
Dorianwill be a 5 in the Bahamas and a 2 in the United States on the AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale for Hurricanes.
The latest forecast has Dorian turning more to the north and then northeast into Thursday. Forecasters caution that landfall is possible in coastal North Carolina.
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