North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Friday that “finally hurricane Dorian has left North Carolina,” adding that the storm surge had left behind damage and inundated Ocracoke Island.
Officials on North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island are initiating efforts to evacuate residents.
The island is accessible only by boat or air and has seen significant flooding due to Hurricane Dorian. Cooper said, “The hurricane has left behind destruction where storm surge inundated Ocracoke Island. Currently, the island has no electricity and many homes and buildings are still underwater.” He also added an “estimate about 800 people remained on the island during the storm” and have heard reports from residents who said the flooding there was catastrophic.
A statement from Hyde County on Friday said aircraft would take residents to Dare County. From there, they would be driven to a Washington County shelter equipped with food, medical supplies, and power.
Officials said people seeking to leave the island should get in touch with the county’s emergency operations center.
The county also said it was hoping to have the ferry routes evaluated on Saturday, adding that as soon as possible it would perform evacuations by ferry.
Hurricane Dorian continues to churn off the North Carolina coast, but it’s heading further out into the Atlantic Ocean, prompting forecasters to lift hurricane and tropical storm warnings south of the Virginia-North Carolina border.
The 5 p.m. advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center showed Dorian about 330 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts. It was moving to the northeast at 24 miles per hour.
Maximum sustained winds are at 90 miles per hour. The hurricane center said some strengthening was possible during the next 24 hours. After that, forecasters expect Dorian to become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds on Saturday night or Sunday as it comes close to or passes over eastern Canada.
A storm surge warning has been discontinued north of the Virginia-North Carolina border. A hurricane warning is in effect for eastern Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Avonport.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press