North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday, lashing the low-lying barrier islands as a weakened Category 1 storm and making landfall over Cape Hatteras.
The storm’s powerful winds knocked out power at 215,000 homes and businesses across the state as massive waves threatened buildings along the coast.
Flooding on the Outer Banks had some residents seeking refuge in their attics. State officials said at a press conference that there could be hundreds of people trapped and facing dangerous floods on the islands.
Water in some streets was up to cars’ bumpers here, as Dorian pelted the area with wind and rain.
“Right now, the storm is raging” on Ocracoke Island, Gov. Roy Cooper said. “It is concerning to have this significant storm surge on the island.”
At 8:35 a.m. EDT, Dorian’s center made landfall over Cape Hatteras, the center said. The storm was 70 miles northeast Cape Hatteras, moving 17 mph northeast with winds up to 90 mph at 12 p.m.