Dorian hits US coast
Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday, hitting the beach resort area with powerful winds and battering waves days after reducing parts of the Bahamas to rubble.
The storm, packing 90-mile-per-hour winds (150kmph) made landfall at Cape Hatteras at about 9am (1300 GMT), according to the National Hurricane Center.
It lashed the Outer Banks with hurricane-force winds as far as 45 miles (72km) from the centre of the hurricane and sent tropical storm winds farther than 200 miles (320km) from its centre, the NHC said.
It has already dumped up to 10 inches (25cm) of rain along the coast between Charleston, South Carolina, to Wilmington, North Carolina, about 170 miles (275km) away, forecasters said.
“The rain is moving up north,” said National Weather Service forecaster Alex Lamers early on Friday. “Even the Raleigh-Durham area inland will get 3 inches today.”
Dorian is expected to push out to sea later on Friday and bring tropical storm winds to Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, early on Saturday.
But it will likely spare much of the rest of the East Coast the worst of its rain and wind, before likely making landfall in Canada’s Nova Scotia that night, the NHC said. “It’s in the process of moving out, going north,” Lamers said.
The howling west flank of Dorian has soaked the Carolinas since early Thursday, flooding coastal towns, whipping up more than a dozen tornadoes and cutting power to thousands of people.