Hurricane Dorian's eye makes landfall in North Carolina

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Hurricane Dorian has come ashore at Cape Hatteras on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, marking its first U.S. landfall since it slammed into the Bahamas days ago.

Dorian sideswiped most of the Southeast seaboard from Florida to Carolinas in recent days before its eye made landfall Friday morning.

At 9 a.m., the storm’s center was moving northeast at 14 mph.

On Thursday, Dorian raked the Carolina coast with howling winds and heavy rain, spinning off tornadoes and knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is expected to accelerate as it moves off extreme southeastern New England sometime Friday night and early Saturday before a weekend approach to Nova Scotia in Canada.

The storm is being blamed for at 30 deaths.

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Current hurricane watches and warnings include:

Storm Surge Warning:

  • Surf City, NC to Poquoson, VA
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds 
  • Neuse and Pamlico Rivers 
  • Hampton Roads

Hurricane Warning:

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

Tropical Storm Warning:

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

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Dorian first made landfall in Elbow Cay, Bahamas, around 12:45 p.m. Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph as a Category 5 hurricane. Hurricane Dorian’s falling wind speeds since then made it a Category 4 storm Monday morning. From there, it weakened further.

However, Dorian remains an extremely destructive storm.

Stay tuned to the latest forecast as Dorian’s track and intensity become more certain. 

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Spaghetti models

Each line represents a computer model’s best “guess” of where the center of the storm will go. Together, they look like spaghetti noodles. Remember, impacts from a tropical system can and do occur miles away from the center.

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Tropical track

This is the latest “cone of uncertainty,” which shows an area where the center of the storm could go, when and how strong it might be at the given time.

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