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06 Sep 2019 | 04:27 PM UTC

US: Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina state September 6 /update 17

United States of America News Alert

Power outages and severe flooding reported in North Carolina state as Hurricane Dorian makes landfall on September 6

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/9/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts

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Event

Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 1 storm in Cape Hatteras along the Outer Banks in North Carolina on the morning (local time) of Friday, September 6. Severe flooding was reported in Hatteras and on Ocracoke Island, where hundreds of residents were believed to be stranded. An estimated 400,000 homes and businesses across North Carolina and Virginia were without power as of Friday morning due to the passage of the storm. Coastal and storm surge flooding will remain a concern through Friday in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. Dorian is forecast to move by eastern Massachusetts, including Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and part of Cape Cod, as early as Friday night into the morning of Saturday, September 7, bringing 5-10 cm (2-4 in) of rainfall.

As of 11:00 on Friday, the center of Hurricane Dorian is located at approximately 35.7°N 74.8°W (map here) and is tracking northeast at 28 kph (17 mph). Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 150 kph (90 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 away from the coast of North Carolina on Friday afternoon toward southeastern New England by the evening of Friday into the morning of Saturday. Storm surge may cause water to rise to as high as 2.1 m (7 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.

Advice

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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