Hurricane Dorian has weakened to Category 1 as it continues to hit North Carolina on Friday, September 6. Several tornadoes were reported in the Carolinas on Thursday, September 5, leaving behind destroyed homes and blocked roads. Five storm-related deaths were also reported in the affected areas as of Friday. Several airports in the Carolinas have closed, while others in the Bahamas remain closed and some in Florida have begun to reopen.
As of 02:00 on Friday, Dorian is located at approximately 34.2°N 76.8°W (map here), about 50 km (30 mi) south south-west of Cape Lookout, North Carolina. It is moving northeast at 24 kph (15 mph) with sustained winds of 150 km (90 mph). Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach, Nantucket, and in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for South Santee River to the North Carolina/Virginia border. A Storm Surge Warning remains in effect for Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to Poquoson, Virginia.
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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