Hurricane Dorian is spawning tornadoes in the Carolinas
Hurricane Dorian is having babies.
The monster Category 2 storm spawned tornadoes as it slammed into the Carolina coastline Thursday, according to weather-watchers.
The National Weather Center posted a video on Twitter of one twister touching down near Wilmington, N.C., shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday, as the storm churned off shore.
The Newport/Morehead City weather service shared photos of other tornadoes ripping through the Emerald Isles in North Carolina, including images of houses town apart by the twisters.
Dorian’s 125 mph wind gusts have knocked out power to more than 240,000 east coast utility customers by Thursday morning — including 225,000 in South Carolina, CNN reported.
The massive storm, which strengthened back into a Category 3 storm late Wednesday before being once again downgraded, remains off the US East Coast — 50 miles southeast of Charleston — but is packing a punch on shore as it moves north.
“This won’t be a brush-by,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a morning briefing. “Whether it comes ashore or not, the eye of the storm will be close enough to cause extensive damage in North Carolina.”
“Conditions in eastern North Carolina are deteriorating rapidly,” he continued. “This is a dangerous storm that is already spawning tornadoes in our state.”
A state of emergency remained in place in the Carolinas, and a tropical storm warning was extended north along the coast to Fenwick Island in Delaware.
More than 1 million people were evacuated from coastal areas in the two states, with officials warning that storm surges and flash floods posed the greatest threat — even miles inland.
“Water levels could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds,” the National Hurricane Center said in the latest advisory. “The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.”
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