Hurricane Dorian makes landfall over Cape Hatteras

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Hurricane Dorian has made landfall over Cape Hatteras, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, the Category 1 storm is over Cape Hatteras, headed northeast at 14 mph. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

Hurricane-force winds hit the southern Outer Banks of North Carolinas on Friday morning.

"Continue to shelter in a safe place," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said to those in the area of Hurricane Dorian in a Friday news conference.

The governor said people may be stranded on Ocracoke Island, possibly in the "hundreds."

Cooper lifted the evacuation orders for the barrier islands on the southeastern side of the state.

Drivers are reminded to never drive through water. More than 70 roads are impassable due to hurricane debris and damage, Cooper said.

The entire North Carolina coast remains under a Hurricane Warning, as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

"We will be ready and we will not underestimate the damage this storm can cause," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a Wednesday news conference. "... Today is the day to finish preparing."

Follow the storm with the FOX8 Hurricane Tracker here.

Forecasters say the hurricane will continue to move to the northeast Thursday night.

FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd says the hurricane may be off the North Carolina coast and headed into the Atlantic Ocean by 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Thursday. By the night, the sky is expected to be clear not only in the Triad, but also on the coast.

Two deaths in North Carolina have been blamed on Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that an 85-year-old Columbus County man was the first storm-related death in North Carolina. Cooper said the man fell from a ladder as he was preparing his home for the storm. On Thursday, Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis said a man pulling his boat out of the water in Oriental had a heart attack and died, according to WTVD. His identity was not released.

No serious injuries connected to recent North Carolina tornadoes were reported as of 10 a.m. Friday.

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