Category 2 Hurricane Dorian still lashing South Carolina coast

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Dorian is lashing the Carolinas with strong winds, rain and tornadoes as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday.

As of 12 p.m., Hurricane Dorian continues to bring life-threatening surge, winds, heavy rainfall, and tornadoes to South and North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center says.

As of 2 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Dorian is churning just offshore of Cape Romain, South Carolina with 110 maximum sustained winds.

Rain bands produced tornadoes Thursday morning across northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina.

The hurricane was upgraded to a Category 3 storm late Wednesday night, and is forecast to pick up strength shortly after sunrise Thursday.

Dorian will likely bring damaging winds and life-threatening storm surges along a large swath of the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts over the next couple of days, according to the NHC.

As of 5 a.m. Thursday, Dorian was about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s moving north at about 8 mph.

Dorian bore down on the Bahamas for 48 hours. Twenty people were confirmed to have died. Approximately 13,000 homes were destroyed in one group of islands in the Bahamas alone.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN PLACE:

HURRICANE WARNING:

  • Savannah River to the North Carolina/Virginia border
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

TROPICAL STORM WARNING:

  • North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague VA
  • Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward

TROPICAL STORM WATCH:

  • North of Chincoteague VA to Fenwick Island DE
  • Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point to Drum Point
  • Tidal Potomac south of Cobb Island
  • Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach MA
  • Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard MA

STORM SURGE WARNING:

  • Savannah River to Poquoson VA
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
  • Hampton Roads

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