Hurricane Dorian now: Storm makes landfall along North Carolina coast

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Hurricane Dorian made landfall along Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Friday morning as the state's low-lying islands and waterfront communities brace for flash flooding and dangerous storm surge.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents who didn't heed earlier evacuation warnings to stay indoors and "hunker down" until the storm passes.

"Hurricane Dorian is ready to unleash its fury on our state," Cooper said Thursday. 

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Over 330,000 homes and businesses were without power across the Carolinas Friday morning as a result of the storm, now a Category 1 hurricane.

At least four people have died in the Southeast as a result of Dorian, according to The Associated Press, including an 85-year-old man who fell off a ladder in North Carolina while preparing his home for the storm.

Dorian is expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain in northeast North Carolina through Saturday, with as much as 15 inches of total rainfall accumulating in isolated locations. The combination of downpours and storm surge as high as 7 feet could cause life-threatening flash floods.

Dorian is forecast to further move east out into the ocean Friday night, although Southeast Virginia could still get up to 8 inches of rain through Saturday as the storm moves north.

(MORE: Hurricane Dorian's forecast path for the Carolinas

South Carolina has already seen more than 10 inches of rain since the storm barreled up the coast on Thursday.

PHOTO: A Jeep is stuck in the surf at Myrtle Beach, S.C. as Hurricane Dorian hits the Carolinas.  (WPDE)
PHOTO: A Jeep is stuck in the surf at Myrtle Beach, S.C. as Hurricane Dorian hits the Carolinas. (WPDE)

Some streets in the historic port city Charleston were underwater as Dorian's strong winds knocked down power lines and trees.

PHOTO: Bill Olesner walks down South Battery Street while cleaning debris from storm drains on Sept. 5, 2019 in Charleston, S.C. as Hurricane Dorian brings wind and rain to the area. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Bill Olesner walks down South Battery Street while cleaning debris from storm drains on Sept. 5, 2019 in Charleston, S.C. as Hurricane Dorian brings wind and rain to the area. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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At least 20 tornadoes were reported in the Carolinas on Thursday. One tornado ripped through Emerald Isle, North Carolina, upending mobile homes and strewing debris across the roads.

Another tornado was reported in Little River, South Carolina, where one resident told ABC Florence affiliate WPDE that they heard what sounded "like a large airplane or a large train coming through."

PHOTO: Mobile homes are upended and debris is strewn about at the Holiday Trav-l Park, Sept. 5, 2019, in Emerald Isle, N.C, after a possible tornado generated by Hurricane Dorian struck the area. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)
PHOTO: Mobile homes are upended and debris is strewn about at the Holiday Trav-l Park, Sept. 5, 2019, in Emerald Isle, N.C, after a possible tornado generated by Hurricane Dorian struck the area. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

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Before approaching the United States, Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5 hurricane, making the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record.

The storm hovered over the archipelago's northern islands for nearly two days, flattening homes, submerging roads and flooding an international airport.

PHOTO: Damaged buildings left by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor on Great Ababco, Bahamas, Sept. 5, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Damaged buildings left by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor on Great Ababco, Bahamas, Sept. 5, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: People search for salvageable items as they make their way through an area destroyed by Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)
PHOTO: People search for salvageable items as they make their way through an area destroyed by Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Dorian left "generational devastation" across the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, which are both in the archipelago's northern region, east of southern Florida.

At least 30 people have died in the Bahamas due to Dorian, but the country's health minister told a local radio station Thursday that the final death count will be "staggering."

ABC News' Steve Osunsami, Chris Donato, Max Golembo, Will Gretsky, Melissa Griffin, Reed McDonough, Marcus Moore and Stephanie Wash contributed to this report.

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