• Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 1 storm over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 8.35am EDT 
  • Ocracoke Island, to the south and only accessible by boat or plane, has been hit by ‘catastrophic’ flooding
  • Hundreds of residents on the island are believed to be trapped and rescue teams are being deployed to help
  • Dorian sparked more than 20 tornadoes and powerful winds, and caused a life-threatening storm surge
  • At least four people have died in the US after the hurricane struck both North and South Carolina     
  • More than 228,000 homes and businesses were without power in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia 
  • Dorian is now off the coast of North Carolina and heading towards Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts 

Hundreds of people have been left trapped after Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Friday, sparking more than 20 tornadoes and causing ‘catastrophic’ flooding.

The storm hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a Category 1 storm on Friday, causing a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds.

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper said during a press conference on Friday morning that hundreds of residents are believed to be stuck on Ocracoke Island, which received a direct hit and is only accessible by boat or plane.

‘There is significant concern about hundreds of people trapped on Ocracoke Island,’ he said. ‘There are rescue teams ready as soon as they can get in.’

Shocking videos spread across social medial of waters rising up to residents’ back porches and people standing ankle-deep inside their own homes.

The first crews from the mainland finally arrived on Friday afternoon as floodwaters receded to about two feet from about seven feet above ground, reported CNN.

More than 228,000 homes and businesses were without power in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, including 100 percent of Ocracoke Island, according to a tweet from Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative.

Hundreds of people were left trapped after Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Friday, sparking more than 20 tornadoes and causing 'catastrophic' flooding. Pictured: Moonraker Tea Shop on Ocracoke shared a video on Facebook of floodwaters so high that cars were half-submerged

Hundreds of people were left trapped after Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Friday, sparking more than 20 tornadoes and causing ‘catastrophic’ flooding. Pictured: Moonraker Tea Shop on Ocracoke shared a video on Facebook of floodwaters so high that cars were half-submerged

The storm hit North Carolina's Outer Banks as a Category 1 storm on Friday, causing a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds. Pictured: Water rises up a resident's back porch in Ocracoke Island

The storm hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a Category 1 storm on Friday, causing a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds. Pictured: Water rises up a resident’s back porch in Ocracoke Island

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper said during a press conference on Friday morning that hundreds of residents are believed to be stuck on Ocracoke Island, which is only accessible by boat or plane. Pictured: The flooded Hatteras Inlet Ferry South

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper said during a press conference on Friday morning that hundreds of residents are believed to be stuck on Ocracoke Island, which is only accessible by boat or plane. Pictured: The flooded Hatteras Inlet Ferry South

In one video shared to social media, floodwaters are so high that a boat was able to drive down a street

In one video shared to social media, floodwaters are so high that a boat was able to drive down a street

Flooding was so bad that energy company Tideland EMC in North Carolina was completely flooded

Footage showed floodwater creeping up the powerlines

Flooding was so bad that energy company Tideland EMC in North Carolina was completely flooded. Footage showed floodwater creeping up the powerlines

The storm is on track to move up the North American coast, reaching as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St John's in Newfoundland and Labrador

The storm is on track to move up the North American coast, reaching as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador

The storm is on track to move up t he North American coast, reaching as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St John's in Newfoundland and Labrador. It could make landfall at Halifax on Saturday night

The storm is on track to move up t he North American coast, reaching as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador. It could make landfall at Halifax on Saturday night

Rain and winds are heading towards Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Rain and winds are heading towards Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

The eye of the storm will move into the Atlantic Ocean, but the coast will be battered with heavy winds, flooding and deadly storm surges

The eye of the storm will move into the Atlantic Ocean, but the coast will be battered with heavy winds, flooding and deadly storm surges

HURRICANE DORIAN’S FORECAST TIMELINE

Friday AM: Dorian makes landfall over eastern North Carolina, bringing flooding, winds and storm surges; southeastern Virginia also impacted

Friday PM: The center moves over the Atlantic Ocean as winds head towards Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Saturday AM: Rain and tropical winds are diue to hit southeastern New England

Saturday PM to Sunday AM: Dorian is due to hit Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with 70mph winds

Sunday PM: Tropical storm like winds are predicted to head towards Newfoundland and Labrador

Source: The Weather Channel 

Longtime residents have repeatedly said they have never seen flooding so bad. 

 

Ocracoke Island resident Leslie Lanier told the Associated Press that the island is ‘flooding like crazy’.

Lanier said by text message Friday morning that the water is in homes on the island and she expects the water to keep rising.

She said she’s safe for the time being, but added that she has been on Ocracoke for 32 years and not seen anything like this.

Lanier owns a bookshop on the island at the southern end of the Outer Banks. She moved books and gifts off the ground in anticipation of the storm.

‘It’s bad,’ Ann Warner, who owns Howard’s Pub on Ocracoke Island, told the Press Association by telephone.

‘The water came up to the inside of our bottom floor, which has never had water.’

'Huge thank you to the United States Coast Guard for helping get our crews to the island and residents of Ocracoke off,' the Hyde County Sheriff's Office tweeted

‘Huge thank you to the United States Coast Guard for helping get our crews to the island and residents of Ocracoke off,’ the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office tweeted

The first rescue crews arrive to help residents get off of Ocracoke Island on Friday afternoon (pictured)

Aerial footage shows devastating floods covering much of the island (pictured)

The first rescue crews arrive to help residents get off of Ocracoke Island on Friday afternoon (left). Aerial footage shows devastating floods covering much of the island

Another severe area of flooding along the Outer Banks is Salvo where Bryan Philips is seen walking with his dog on a flooded road on Friday (pictured)

Another severe area of flooding along the Outer Banks is Salvo where Bryan Philips is seen walking with his dog on a flooded road on Friday (pictured)

A girl removes personal belongings from her damaged home on Friday after a tornado spawned by Hurricane Dorian ripped apart her roof in Carolina Shores, North Carolina

A girl removes personal belongings from her damaged home on Friday after a tornado spawned by Hurricane Dorian ripped apart her roof in Carolina Shores, North Carolina

Moonraker Tea Shop on Ocracoke shared a video on Facebook of floodwaters so high that cars were half-submerged.

‘This is not what I meant when I wanted a tea shop on the water,’ the owner wrote in a caption.

The first crews from the mainland finally arrived on Friday afternoon.

Flooding was so bad that energy company Tideland EMC in North Carolina was completely flooded. Footage showed floodwater creeping up the powerlines.