PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Watches and warnings are in effect across the viewing area as Hurricane Dorian is threatening to impact the East Coast.
The National Hurricane Center said in a 5 a.m. update that a tropical storm watch is in effect for much of the Hampton Roads region. The watch area is from the North Carolina/Virginia border up to Chincoteague.
A hurricane warning for Dorian was extended on Wednesday and now includes the Outer Banks. Localities along the Outer Banks called for evacuations earlier this week.
Dorian was sitting about 90 miles off the coast of Florida early Wednesday morning as a Category 2 hurricane. The storm is forecast to weaken further to a Category 1 hurricane before it reaches the Outer Banks.
The storm could pass close by Hatteras by Friday morning, and bring tropical storm conditions to Hampton Roads with possible hurricane conditions in southern portions of the Outer Banks.
At least seven deaths have been reported in the Bahamas, where Dorian sat stationary for two days. The U.S. Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and other aid groups are working get food and medicine to survivors.