The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian has slightly weakened, but is expected to move over Nova Scotia and Newfoundland “with hurricane-force winds” Saturday. Dorian is moving with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour.
Before reaching Canada, however, Dorian continues moving over extreme southeastern Massachusetts, before moving into Maine Saturday afternoon.
Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Friday morning after weakening into a Category 1 storm and generating tornadoes, severe storm surges and flooding in coastal areas in North and South Carolina.
After landfall, Dorian began moving out into the Atlantic ocean and continued its trek up the U.S. eastern seaboard, the NHC said.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said there was “significant concern about hundreds of people trapped on Ocracoke Island” in the Outer Banks region.
Steve Harris, who has been on Ocracoke for most of the last 19 years, said, “We went from almost no water to four to six feet in a matter of minutes.”
Before making landfall in the U.S., Dorian devastated the Bahamas were thousands of people have begun the long and painful struggle to rebuild their lives following the onslaught of the extremely powerful Category 5 storm.
International search and rescue teams are looking for survivors.
The death toll in the Bahamas is 43, but is expected to rise significantly.