As Hurricane Dorian hits North Carolina's Outer Banks, hundreds could be stranded there, official says

Hundreds of people could still be on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Dorian smacks into and floods the barrier islands Friday morning, a state offi...

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 10:04 AM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 11:15 AM

Hundreds of people could still be on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Dorian smacks into and floods the barrier islands Friday morning, a state official said.

The Category 1 storm made landfall over Cape Hatteras at 8:35 a.m. ET with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph, causing flooding in parts of Hatteras and nearby Ocracoke.

Pictures from state transportation department cameras show roads flooding in and near Hatteras village. Responders will rescue people, if necessary, when conditions improve, state emergency management director Mike Sprayberry said Friday morning.

No injuries there were immediately reported, Sprayberry said. The state had ordered evacuations of the Outer Banks this week, but officials have received reports that hundreds of people stayed, he said.

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On nearby Ocracoke Island, feet-high floodwaters had taken over the yard outside Deborah Lacks' home Friday morning. Video that she shared to Twitter showed the water lapping up against the house and vehicles parked outside.

Flooding is at 'historic levels' on that island, the Dare County emergency management office said.

Friday should be the last day Dorian inflicts serious damage in the United States, after it devastated the northern Bahamas and pounded parts of the US southeast coast.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Dorian's eye was over the Atlantic, off North Carolina's coast, moving northeast. It eventually will deliver rain and tropical-storm-force winds in the mid-Atlantic states later Friday and extreme southeastern Massachusetts late Friday or early Saturday, the hurricane center said.

Since Thursday, Dorian has flooded parts of the Carolinas and spawned a number of tornadoes, as well as lashed Virginia with winds and rain. More than 415,000 people were without electricity service Friday morning in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, according to poweroutage.us.

Parts of North Carolina may receive up to 8 more inches of rain Friday, for two-day totals up to 15 inches, forecasters said.

'We don't need people leaving their homes'

Earlier in the week, Dorian flattened homes and wiped out neighborhoods in the Bahamas, leaving at least 30 people dead. It then closed in on the southeastern coast of the United States, where five deaths have been blamed on the storm so far.

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'Dorian has North Carolina in its sights,' Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday. 'We need people to hunker down and stay safe. We don't need people leaving their homes.'

A series of watches and warnings

The storm surge began late Thursday night along the North Carolina and southeast Virginia coasts.

A hurricane warning was in effect late Friday morning from Bogue Inlet, North Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia state line.

Thursday, nearly two dozen tornadoes were reported from the outer bands of Dorian. They toppled mobile homes and left debris strewn for acres.

Tornadoes are common in the thunderstorm bands of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Tornadoes along the coast

North Carolina resident Byron Cox was in his mobile home in Emerald Isle when the tornado approached Thursday. His home was still standing, but his father's was destroyed, he saidy.

'I remember hearing a loud noise. The next thing I know, the trailer started shaking. ... It shook probably 10-15 seconds, real hard,' Cox, 37, said Thursday.

'All of a sudden I didn't feel it (any) more. I looked outside, and the tornado ... (was) going through the back. ... Debris flying everywhere. Never saw anything like this in my entire life.'

The tornadoes extended into South Carolina, where firefighters say one damaged an unspecified number of vehicles and buildings in North Myrtle Beach.

Wayne White captured video of the funnel cloud there. He said he was checking on some properties he manages when he saw it.

'I saw the circular clouds and was going to take a little video, and the funnel came out of nowhere,' he tweeted.

South Carolina turns to recovery

Charleston's mayor says that efforts to recover begin Friday.

'Yes, today was Dorian Day in Charleston, and I am happy to bid him farewell,' Mayor John Tecklenburg said Thursday. 'To the hundreds of officials, and the outstanding citizens of Charleston, thank you. Tomorrow, we all unite as Team Charleston to recover.'

Authorities in Charleston are working to address power outages, downed trees and flooded roadways.

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