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Hurricane Dorian, 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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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 athat 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,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.reopened Friday morning with Delta flights resuming at 11:30 a.m. EDT; however, the airport noted on Twitter that . Passengers are urged to contact their airlines for flight status updates before heading to the airport.
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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.
Other airports: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern was schedule to reopen at noon EDT Friday, flight-tracking site; however, the airport's social media has not confirmed that has happened.
On Friday,, allowing residents and visitors to return to the state's coastal areas and islands. However, the 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."
Airports: Bothand resumed operations on Friday. has also reopened.
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As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Dorian is continuing its path along the southeastern U.S., with Georgia and the Carolinas in its path and mandatory evacuations issued for those living in coastal communities. For real-time alerts, you should download FEMA’s app; the app will provide updates and shelter information. © Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images)In determining how bad a storm or hurricane might be, FEMA uses another informal metric in its own disaster prep, too: the Waffle House Index. “If a [Waffle House] store is open, your community has been spared,” USA Today writes.
“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: Thesays 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, 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 thatin and out of the airport. .
Monuments, theme parks and other attractions:has canceled outdoor activities through Friday. are closed Friday.
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also located in Williamsburg is expected to be open Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. , located in the Richmond area, will be open Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Eastern Shore: On Thursday, theDorchester, 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,, part of the USA TODAY Network. The surrounding county of Worcester remains under a coastal flood watch through Friday night, the newspaper added.
Port of Baltimore: The, the embarkation point for Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas and Carnival's Pride, is open.
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The Bahamas are open: Islands call for visitors after Hurricane Dorian.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is urging people to help the group of islands recover as a whole by continuing to visit the other islands.
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