As of 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Dorian to a Category 1. The storm is 10 miles west southwest of Cape Hatteras and moving northeast at 14 mph. The hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been discontinued west of Surf City, N.C.
Current maximum sustained winds are 90 mph with stronger gusts.
The NHC is expecting Dorian to remain a powerful hurricane as it moves close to the North Carolina coast and the Outer Banks in the next few hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds will be felt up to 220 miles from the eye. A station in Buxton, N.C., reported sustained winds of 67 mph with gusts up to 85 mph.
The New York Times this morning reported localized street flooding in Wilmington, N.C., and the city airport recorded 8.93 inches of rain between 1:53 a.m. Thursday the same time Friday morning. The newspaper reported that more than 100,000 customers were without power Friday morning, but most of the city’s roads were passable and no injuries were reported Thursday.
In Charleston, S.C., the biggest fear was flooding and yesterday more than 150,000 people were without power. According to the local Fox News affiliate City Mayor John Tecklenberg said the storm had an impact, but “the impacts from flooding were not as significant as we thought they would be.” He said there was a little more wind than expected, but not as much water. “We had less water than we expected and that was a good thing. Flooding was our No. 1 concern.”
As Dorian continues to move to the North, a storm surge warning is in effect for Salter Path, N.C., to Poquoson, Va., the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, the Neuse and Pamlico rivers in North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Va.
The surge could reach seven feet on the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and on the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. It’s estimated to peak at about 4 feet in Poquoson and Hampton Roads, Va. Rainfall up to 8 inches is expected for northeastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia, and up to 4 inches in southeastern New England. Nova Scotia could see up to 5 inches.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Surf City to the North Carolina/Virginia border and for Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. A hurricane watch is in effect for Nova Scotia, which is expecting the storm to arrive Saturday.