Hurricane Dorian batters North Carolina’s Outer Banks, knocks out power to over 200,000 homes and businesses


Hurricane Dorian battered North Carolina’s Outer Banks Friday, knocking out power to over 200,000 homes and businesses.

Although not nearly as damaging inland in the Carolinas as it could have been, Dorian had some residents fleeing into their attics to avoid a devastating storm surge along the coast.

Both states also dealt with tornadoes that tore off roofs and flipped trailers, with four deaths being atttributed to the hurricane or hurricane preparations.

The Coast Guard and military vehicles were brought into service to help some of the trapped residents, who also aided each other with boat rescues.

“Right now, the storm is raging” on Ocracoke Island, Gov. Roy Cooper said earlier Friday. “It is concerning to have this significant storm surge on the island.”

Northeastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia and the lower Chesapeake Bay were dealing with tropical storm conditions Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The still-dangerous storm had picked up speed moving 21 mph northeast while blowing winds up to 90 mph on its way through Cape Hatteras, N.C. on its way to southeastern New England and then Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Hurricane Center has put out a hurricane warning for eastern Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Avonport, although Dorian is losing steam and meteorologists see it heading more out to see in the coming days.

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