In Wilmington, North Carolina, Christina Dowe said she bought a new home in November after her home was almost destroyed by Hurricane Florence.
The massive hurricane hitting the Bahamas and off the Florida coast is throwing travel plans for hundreds of thousands of people into disarray, as Dorian has resulted in the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights in and around its path on Tuesday alone.
Dorian was tied with Gilbert (1988), Wilma (2005) and the 1935 Labor Day hurricane for the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, based on maximum sustained winds.
Amaya Martin, a Jacksonville resident, only purchased a few items on Monday while grocery shopping with her mother and brother.
"Time is running out to get ready", he said.
She added that "100 percent of the proceeds" from the fund would be donated to the Bahamas Red Cross "to help with the recovery efforts in the Bahamas".
"I had worked for years at Atlantis and it holds a dear place in my heart", Doris Clark said along with another donation.
Across the parking lot, Faith Adees shared a similar opinion. "I have never seen anything like this before in my entire life".
Even retired naval veteran Robert Novotny says he plans to ride this storm out. "We don't mind the properties, we're just hope that lives will be saved".
Officials in nine Florida counties have called for mandatory evacuations and voluntary evacuations were called for in others. "The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and SC coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday". But as you can tell, we are going to need a lot, a lot of support, after this hurricane is over.
"We are in the midst of a historic tragedy in parts of our northern Bahamas", Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a news conference in Nassau.
"I know it's a mandatory evacuation, but everyone I talked to is staying, and I don't know what to do". This includes Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island, Sewall's Point, low lying areas, and mobile and manufactured homes. The same area was put under a storm surge watch.
Beach erosion and coastal flooding are likely.
Millions from Florida to SC have been ordered to evacuate.
Authorities cautioned that it could still make landfall on the East Coast.
Although Dorian's long-range track is far from certain, it appears the storm's center will be several hundred miles offshore when it passes New Jersey later this week.