Dorian Batters North Carolina’s Outer Banks As Cat 1

The Associated Press reports:

Dorian howled over North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday, lashing the low-lying barrier islands as a weakened Category 1 hurricane. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weather station at Cape Lookout, located inside the western eyewall of Dorian, reported sustained hurricane-force winds of 74 mph (119 kmh), the National Hurricane Center reported early Friday.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the agency said, Dorian’s center was passing just east of Cape Lookout, the southernmost point on North Carolina’s remote, 200-mile (320-kilometer) long string of barrier islands and spits. Forecasters said large and destructive waves could reach nearly to the ceilings of one-story structures along the narrow strip of land, where many year-round residents were determined to ride out the storm.