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Hurricane Dorian finally made landfall in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Friday morning as a Category 1 storm, several days later and hundreds of miles north of where it was originally anticipated to strike.
Cape Hatteras lies near the bottom end of the Outer Banks, a 200-mile chain of narrow barrier islands off the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia that are hugely popular with mid-Atlantic residents.
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As of Sunday morning, Kennedy Space Center on Florida's east coast is the only attraction to close Sunday and Monday. Here are the notices the state's theme parks and attractions have put out as they continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian: Busch Gardens As of Saturday, the Tampa theme park said it will remain open as planned for Sunday and Monday. The park will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. The planned Bier Fest activities and fireworks will also go on as scheduled. Adventure Island will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Monday.
Here's a look at how the storm has affected some popular destinations in the area heading into the weekend.
Outer Banks: All North Carolina barrier islands remain under a mandatory evacuation order that took effect Wednesday. This includes the beaches at Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head all the way down through Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke.
On Friday, the National Hurricane Center warned that areas from Salter Path to Duck could see storm surges between four and seven feet.
Wilmington: The city remains under an evacuation order. Wilmington International Airport reopened Friday morning with Delta flights resuming at 11:30 a.m. EDT; however, the airport noted on Twitter that American and United will not resume flights there until Saturday. Passengers are urged to contact their airlines for flight status updates before heading to the airport.
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Other airports: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern was schedule to reopen at noon EDT Friday, flight-tracking site FlightAware.com reported; however, the airport's social media has not confirmed that has happened.
On Friday, Gov. Henry McMaster lifted evacuation orders, allowing residents and visitors to return to the state's coastal areas and islands. However, the South Carolina Emergency Management Department warned that they may face lengthy travel times due to blocked roads and detours.
The agency added, "While weather conditions have improved in the state, motorists should be cautious of fallen trees, downed power lines, and standing water in and around roadways. Power outages continue to affect some coastal areas, and returning citizens may continue to experience outages."
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“Tropical storm force winds, storm surge, heavy rains and flooding from this hurricane will impact much of eastern Virginia overnight and tomorrow," Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday.
Virginia Beach: The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says a tropical storm warning, with winds up to 73 mph, remains in effect for the Hampton Roads area, which encompasses Virginia Beach, Newport News and the U.S. naval base at Norfolk.
In a Friday morning tweet, the National Hurricane Center said the Hampton Roads area could see storm surges up to four feet.
According to its social media accounts, Norfolk International Airport is open; however, it tweeted that Allegiant, American, Frontier, Southwest and United have canceled Friday flights in and out of the airport. Delta is running a limited schedule.
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Cruise ship passengers who were stuck at sea while Hurricane Dorian slammed the Bahamas and then worked its way up the Florida coast are finally returning to dry land Thursday. A half-dozen cruise ships carrying nearly 20,000 passengers will return to Port Canaveral after they waited out Hurricane Dorian. © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. cruise ship The Disney Dream wasn't scheduled to dock until 5:45 a.m. but it showed up around 5:15 a.m. and Harmony of the Seas showed up shortly after. One of the six ships coming, the Carnival Ecstasy, does not claim Port Canaveral as its home port.
Eastern Shore: On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Dorchester, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
Ocean City: As of 6 a.m. EDT Dorian, which is moving northeast at just 14 mph, was still some 270 miles southwest of Ocean City Friday morning, reported The Salisbury Daily Times, part of the USA TODAY Network. The surrounding county of Worcester remains under a coastal flood watch through Friday night, the newspaper added.
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