Cooper: Hundreds trapped on Ocracoke Island due to floodwaters from Dorian

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(Photo: National Hurricane Center)

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY/AP) — Flood waters from Hurricane Dorian are rising at a rapid rate on Ocracoke Island.

The Hyde County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post there were reports of “catastrophic flooding” on the island.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a media briefing Friday morning there is significant concern about “hundreds of people trapped on Ocracoke Island.” The island is located south of Cape Hatteras and accessible only by boat or plane.

Cooper said, “There are rescue teams ready as soon as they can get in. This latest development shows that we cannot yet let our guard down.”

Dramatic video from the Moonraker Tea Shop showed the building surrounded by high waters as rain fell from Dorian.

The National Weather Service said in a tweet the floodwaters were quickly rising due to storm surge off the Pamlico Sound.

North Carolina Highway 12 is closed on the island from “from the village northward” due to the floodwaters, according to a tweet from NCDOT.

Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

At the start of the week, Dorian slammed the Bahamas, killing at least 30 people and obliterating countless homes. From there, it swept past Florida and Georgia before sideswiping the Carolinas on Thursday with tornadoes that peeled away roofs and flipped recreational vehicles.

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