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Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in NC as power outages increase, flooding spreads

Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Weather News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hurricane Dorian made landfall early Friday over Cape Hatteras as a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The center of the eye passed the Outer Banks off the North Carolina coast at 8:35 a.m., with sustained winds of 90 mph, while moving north at 14 mph.

Parts of coastal North Carolina, including Morehead City, had been within the eyewall for hours early Friday, but NOAA officials say the center of the eye must cross onto land before landfall is official.

It happened after nearly a week after Dorian reached central Florida and began a slow push north, moving as slowly as 1 mph at times, said the hurricane center.

Dorian's lumbering pace caused extensive periods of heavy wind and rain along the East Coast, which continued Friday in North Carolina.

Multiple counties near the North Carolina coast remained under curfews early Friday, with highways flooded, some roads washed out and fallen trees trapping people in their neighborhoods, according to social media posts.

 

A growing number of people -- nearly 220,000 -- in North Carolina also woke up to power outages Friday, including 22,000 in New Hanover County, 28,000 in Brunswick County and 36,000 in Carteret County.

The outages increased by 30,000 from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Shelters were opened at 70 schools near the coast, and nearly 10,000 people had taken the offer overnight, according to state officials. Three of the shelters in New Hanover County were reportedly full.

In coastal New Hanover County, residents were being told not to call 911 "unless there is a life threatening emergency." They were also warned that "Duke Energy will not be responding to downed power lines until day break due to the extremely hazardous conditions."

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