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DORIAN UPDATE: Moving North Now Toward NC, Hurricane Warnings and Watches for SC/NC Coast: What We Can Expect

Dorian Starts His Move To The NW, NC Coast Bracing for Impact

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Hurricane Dorian is moving closer, and will be in the Carolinas by Thursday. The beaches are on high alert later for Thursday and early Friday. We've got you covered. The WFMY News 2 Weather Team is tracking Dorian for you. 

Hurricane warnings are now in effect for the entire South Carolina coast up through the Wilmington area in North Carolina. 


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For days now, the path of the hurricane has been projected to ride along the North Carolina coast. That hasn't changed. The latest forecast puts a strong Category 2 hurricane right near the coast of South Carolina late Wednesday, then the Wilmington area Thursday, and right near the Outer Banks early Friday morning. Any of these areas could see a direct landfall, or a near miss. 

Either way, major impacts are likely along the coast. High waves and storm surge will create significant coastal erosion and flooding. Rain totals over 10" in spots will create inland flooding. High winds up to hurricane strength will create widespread power outages. That's at the coast. 

Farther inland, the impacts will be less severe. Here in the Piedmont, we can expect windy conditions on Thursday and Friday, with gusts maybe getting up to 40 mph. An isolated power outage can't be ruled out, but widespread outages aren't likely. Rain is less certain, many of us will stay dry, but areas south and east of Greensboro could pick up an inch or two of rainfall. 

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Hurricane force winds at the coast on Thursday. Very breezy in the Triad areas.

Immediate NC Beaches:

  • Storm surge of 4-7 feet
  • Rainfall 6-10 inches or higher, flooding likely
  • Hurricane force gusts 75+ mph, widespread power outages

Coastal Counties: 

  • Rainfall 4-10 inches or higher, flooding likely
  • Wind gusts of 55 mph to 75+ mph
  • Widespread power outages

Inland East of I-95:

  • Rainfall of 2-4 inches, flooding possible
  • Wind gusts of 40 to 55 mph
  • Scattered power outages

Piedmont Triad Area: 

  • Wind gusts 25 to 40 mph
  • Rainfall of 0 to 2 inches possible
  • A few isolated power outages possible
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Rain totals will be severe along the coast. In the Triad, we're less likely to get heavy rain.

TIMEFRAME: No matter what impacts we see, we won't see anything until Thursday & Friday. 

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