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Hurricane Dorian Weakens to Category 1 While Brushing North Carolina

Hurricane Dorian weakened to a Category 1 storm as it approached North Carolina on Friday prompting gusty winds and threatening dangerous storm surges.

Update as of 9:27 a.m. ET on 9/6/19: The hurricane has since made landfall at Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.

Hurricane Dorian continues to weaken, downgrading to a Category 1 storm as North Carolina’s Outer Banks endure its arrival.

As of Friday morning the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph as the storm brushed the coastline with the center moving northeast at 14 mph.

The storm was located around 25 miles east of Cape Lookout as of 5 a.m., prompting the nearly hurricane-force winds along the coast.

According to the National Hurricane Center, areas along the coast are likely to experience dangerous storm surges as it continues to brush the Eastern Seaboard through Friday.

Reports claim almost 350,000 homes and companies were without power across both North and South Carolina as the storm continued its devastation.

On Thursday the hurricane prompted a series of tornadoes across both states as residents continued to brace for the ongoing impact.

This comes just days after the formerly Category 5 storm remained nearly motionless over the Bahamas for two days killing at least 30 people in its path. 

Experts predict the death toll to climb as thousands of people are believed to be without clean drinking water following the devastation. 

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis weighed in on the tragedy earlier this week calling the loss of life “historic” while categorizing the hurricane and its effects as both “unprecedented and and extensive.”

The storm began battering the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane while destroying thousands of homes and unleashing historic flooding.

According to reports, some areas endured storm surges around 20 feet above normal at the height of the hurricane.

Rescue efforts are ongoing in the Bahamas and the death toll is expected to rise exponentially as officials continue to uncover bodies within the hurricane’s rubble.

Experts predict the Bahamas have endured at least $7 billion dollars in damage from the catastrophic storm.

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