The effects of Dorian are being felt as New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties are under a tornado warning. Tornado watches will be in effect through the afternoon and likely expand into Duplin and Onslow counties as well.
The National Hurricane Center NOAA 5 a.m. advisory reports Hurricane Dorian has maintained her Cat 3 status with 115 mph winds. New Hanover County is seeing gusts already at 57 mph. The storm is moving 8 mph, and located 200 miles south-southwest of Wilmington and 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston.
North Carolina’s coast is under a hurricane warning, with winds outstretched 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extending 195 miles. The center of the storm could still make landfall on our coast.
Dangerous flash-flooding, storm surge and winds are on par with the warning. Shallotte is already impassable at mile marker 17 on HWY 17 from flooding.
A tropical-storm watch is in effect up to Martha’s Vineyard, as Dorian will slow yet maintain her hurricane status through Saturday.
The next advisory will be at 11 a.m.
HURRICANE DORIAN STATS
Location 31.7N 79.5W
80 miles south-southeast of Charleston
200 miles south-southwest of Wilmington
Max sustained winds 115 mph
10 degrees at 8 mph; forward motion to 6 knots
Minimum central pressure: 957 mb