Shortly after 9 a.m., the town's Twitter account posted some photos of serious destruction to homes just off Highway 58.
Shortly after 9:00 am Thursday, Emerald Isle experienced a water spout / tornado. There is property damage in the vicinity of Islander and Reed Drives. Boardwalk RV Park suffered the most severe damage. No injuries are reported at this time.https://t.co/unIhvGtGdW pic.twitter.com/mcj7INHvWS— Town of Emerald Isle (@townemeraldisle) September 5, 2019
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.
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Getting some pictures into the office of the damage in Emerald Isle, NC caused by a tornado around 9 AM this morning. We thinking of those that have suffered damage. PLEASE have multiple ways to receive warnings the next 24 hours! pic.twitter.com/UbU68ww4V4— NWS Newport/Morehead (@NWSMoreheadCity) 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.
Thursday evening, the center of the storm is expected to pass Myrtle Beach, with gusts potentially reaching near 75 mph.
Friday morning, Dorian is 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.