Hurricane Dorian has slightly weakened to a Category 2 storm as of 20:00 (local time) on Thursday, September 5, as it moves up the East Coast. Over 240,000 homes and businesses are reportedly without power in South Carolina and North Carolina as of Thursday evening and further disruptions are expected in the coming hours. Heavy rain continues to hit the region, with over 23 cm (9 in) in some areas, such as New Hanover county (North Carolina), where at least 14 roads were closed due to flooding and downed trees. Similar road closures are anticipated in the areas affected by Dorian. Hurricane force winds are extending up to 97 km (60 mi) from the eye of the storm, which formed an estimated 15 tornadoes in parts of the Carolinas on Thursday. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for South Santee River to the North Carolina/Virginia border, as well as Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. A Tropical Storm Warning has also been issued in parts of Massachusetts, from Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach.
As of 20:00 on Thursday, the center of Hurricane Dorian is located at approximately 33.4°N 78.0°W (map here) and is tracking northeast at 17 kph (10 mph). Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 160 kph (100 mph) and is expected to slowly weaken as it moves up the coast over the coming days. The center of the storm is forecast to move to the southeast on New England by the night of Friday, September 6, or the morning of Saturday, September 7. Storm surge may cause water to rise to as high as 2.4 m (8 ft) above ground level in some coastal areas of North and South Carolina.
Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the abovementioned states. Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are to be expected in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Hurricane Dorian are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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