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Where is Hurricane Dorian headed now? Has it made landfall? Here’s what we know

Abaco island

After triggering tornadoes in South Carolina, Hurricane Dorian’s eye made landfall on the U.S. mainland Friday, even as it weakened to a Category 1 storm overnight.

The National Hurricane Center confirmed that Dorian hit North Carolina around 8:35 a.m. at Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks, a string of low-lying islands.

According to the center’s 8 a.m. advisory, the Category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and was moving northeast at 14 mph. The estimated minimum central pressure is 28.23 inches, the NHC tweeted.

Although a much weaker hurricane than when it ravaged the Bahamas with 185-mph winds, a still dangerous Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane as it sweeps up the Eastern Seaboard on Friday and Saturday.

Where is Hurricane Dorian going?

Forecasters expect the storm to produce life-threatening storm surges, dangerous winds and flash floods along coastal areas of the Carolinas and southeast Virginia.

According to the NHC, the forecast track shows the center of Dorian moving near or over the coast of North Carolina during the next several hours. The center is then projected to move southeast of New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then across the Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night.

Dorian is expected to weaken slowly over the next few days, but will likely remain a hurricane as it moves along the coast of North Carolina.

Is Hurricane Dorian over? 

The storm is still a Category 1 hurricane and can be a danger to those living along the northeast coast in the form of storm surges and hurricane conditions. The NHC says storm surges can present a life-threatening situation.

A storm surge warning is in effect for:

  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to Poquoson, Virginia
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
  • Hampton Roads

A hurricane warning is in effect for:

  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Little River Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border

A hurricane watch is in effect for Nova Scotia.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:

  • North Carolina/Virginia border to Fenwick Island Delaware
  • The Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point southward
  • Tidal Potomac, south of Cobb Island
  • Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts
  • Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • South Santee River, South Carolina to Little River Inlet

A tropical storm watch is in effect for:

  • Prince Edward Island
  • Magdalen Islands
  • Fundy National Park to Shediac
  • Francois to Boat Harbour

Hurricane Dorian vs. the Carolinas  

Hundreds of thousands of coastal residents of the Carolinas have fled their homes and  almost 250,000 homes and businesses across the region are without power.

South Carolina officials said more than 440,000 people evacuated coastal areas. Flash floods did not overwhelm Charleston as much as anticipated, but Georgetown, Horry County and other areas north of the city will probably get more water, Gov. Henry McMaster said.

The Outer Banks could experience winds up to 110 mph as the storm progresses up the coast, NHC Director Ed Rappaport said Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center forecast as much as 15 inches of rain for the coastal Carolinas, with flash-flooding likely .

In the last three years, 80 percent of fatalities from tropical systems happened in areas of inland flooding. More than half of those deaths were in cars, NHC Director Ken Graham said.

Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane as the center moves near the coasts of South and North Carolina, but weakening is expected over the next couple of days, according to the NHC.

Tornado near Myrtle Beach

A tornado near Myrtle Beach marked one of the Grand Strand’s first major signs of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.

Nils Regnell said it sounded like a train was running right past his home for about three minutes.

The tornado, one of several spotted Thursday in the North Myrtle Beach and Southeastern North Carolina areas, snapped oak trees, ripped off roofing and even lifted a car down the street, leaving it five houses down the street, atop a utility box right next door to Regnell.

Another touched down near the North Myrtle Sports Complex, the National Weather Service said, and more tornadoes were spotted closer to the North Carolina border, including one in Columbus County and another near Carolina Shores.

The power was also out in these neighborhoods.

Hurricane Dorian vs. the Bahamas

At least 30 people are dead in the Bahamas as recovery teams were making their way into the hardest hit islands of the Bahamas.

Early reports say 13,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. That number and the death toll are expected to rise.

“It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” said Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief group and flew over Abaco island. “It’s not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again.”

Local government and police, the U.S. Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and relief organizations including the United Nations and the Red Cross joined the aid efforts.

Dorian, with Category-5 winds of 185 mph when it slammed into the island chain Sunday, is the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic basin since 1935.

Tracking Hurricane Dorian now

Original story from usatoday

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