20 tornadoes reported in the Carolinas as Dorian spins up coast

20 tornadoes reported in the Carolinas as Dorian spins up coast

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. — Twenty tornadoes were reported in the Carolinas Thursday as Hurricane Dorian approached the shore of North Carolina.

Residents in Emerald Isle experienced a tornado that damaged homes and property as Dorian started to impact the coast.


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Shortly after 9 a.m., the town's Twitter account posted some photos of serious destruction to homes just off Highway 58.

Several modular homes were seen badly damaged around Islander Drive and Reed Drive. A nearby RV park sustained substantial damage. There were no injuries.

The National Weather Service confirmed at 11 a.m. that a tornado caused the damage at the RV park.

Aftermath of destruction in wake of reported tornados in Carolinas

Views from South and North Carolinas show damage left in the wake of a dozen reported tornados between the two states, as Hurricane Dorian churned along the coast. https://abcn.ws/2zSSzTx

Posted by ABC11 WTVD on Thursday, September 5, 2019

Up to half a foot of rain was reported near Charleston, South Carolina. Winds have gusted just off Fripp Island, South Carolina to 92 mph, reaching up to 80 mph off Dewees Island, South Carolina, and 76 mph Winyah Bay, South Carolina. Video provided from Wayne W. in North Myrtle Beach shows possible tornado Thursday morning as Hurricane Dorian continues to move closer to land.

Friday morning, Dorian was expected to make landfall somewhere near Cape Lookout, North Carolina, with winds gusting 70 to 90 plus mph on the Outer Banks.

By Friday evening, the storm should recede back into the Atlantic and gusty winds are expected to hit the Virginia coast.