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Hurricane Dorian threatens the Carolinas. When to worry about milk, bread and gas?

Hurricane Dorian is expected to pummel parts of the Carolinas, so when should we start worrying about bread, milk and gas?

If Florida is any measure, the answer might be: As soon as you like.

Only days after forecasters announced the storm as a potential threat to south Florida, store shelves began to empty and long gas lines formed, The Miami Herald reported. And Dorian isn’t expected to hit south Florida until Monday, according to the latest National Hurricane Center update Saturday.


Dorian had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

All of South Carolina and part of North Carolina were added Saturday to the “probable path” of the storm’s center.

Tropical storm-force winds could reach northeast South Carolina by Wednesday morning and Wednesday into Thursday morning in southeast North Carolina, according to the latest hurricane center forecast on Monday.

The Charlotte area has a 20 to 30 percent chance of tropical-storm-force winds of 39 to 73 mph Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said the storm’s slow pace means the East Coast could be pummeled for days with heavy wind and torrential rain.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.