Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian landfall: Cape Hatteras direct strike as 90mph winds hit North Carolina | World | News

Deadly hurricane Dorian has now made landfall over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the US National Hurricane Center said in an advisory today. The NHC explained that a hurricane does not officially make landfall until at least half of its eye crosses landd. The Category 1 hurricane is located about 5 miles (5 kilometres) northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles-per-hour (150 kilometres/hour).

Dorian previously made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, causing devastation to homes, pushing islands underwater and killing at least 30 people. 

The hurricane has slowly crawled north on Friday, skirting the Carolinas and flooding coastal towns a couple of days after it reduced parts of the Bahamas to rubble.

According to the NHC, a Weatherflow station at Ocracoke, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 73 mph (117 km/h) and a wind gust of 89 mph (143 km/h).

There are several warnings and watches in place as, despite the downgraded status, strong winds and torrential rain could cause dangerous conditions for residents.  

Current warnings and watches are

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for

  • Salter Path NC to Poquoson VA
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
  • Hampton Roads

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for

  • Surf City to the North Carolina/Virginia border
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for

  • North Carolina/Virginia border to Fenwick Island DE
  • Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point southward
  • Tidal Potomac south of Cobb Island
  • Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach MA
  • Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard MA

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for

  • Prince Edward Island
  • Magdalen Islands
  • Fundy National Park to Shediac
  • Francois to Boat Harbour

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