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Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina with strong winds, rain and storm surges

Dorian makes landfall over Cape Hatteras on Friday morning.The center of Hurricane Dorian made landfall at 8:35 a.m. Friday over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Overnight, the storm lashed parts of North Carolina and Virginia with rain, storm surges and strong winds as it brushed up against the coast as a Category 1 storm.
Before it lost some of its strength early Friday, Dorian caused flooding in parts of the Carolinas and spawned a number of tornadoes, officials said. More than 387,000 people were left in the dark in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, according to poweroutage.us.
    In eastern North Carolina, Dorian is producing wind gusts near hurricane-force. The state is seeing 4 to 8 inches of rain with some local totals of as much as 10 inches, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

    It's weaker in strength but not in impact

    Earlier in the week, Dorian flattened homes and wiped out neighborhoods in the Bahamas, leaving at least 30 people dead. It then closed in on the southeastern coast of the United States, where five deaths have been blamed on the storm so far.
    Though the storm has weakened from a Category 2 into a strong Category 1, Brink said there's not much difference for North Carolina in terms of the impact of strong winds and storm surge.
    "Dorian has North Carolina in its sights," Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday. "We need people to hunker down and stay safe. We don't need people leaving their homes."
    More than 10 million people are under hurricane or tropical storm warnings Friday, which is forecast to be Dorian's last day on the US coast
    Waves pound the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C.,as Hurricane Dorian moves north off the coast.

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