PHOTOS: Hurricane Dorian wreaks havoc up the Atlantic coast

The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C., is pounded with waves as Hurricane Dorian churns up the ocean before its arrival on Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo: Julia Wall/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Hurricane Dorian howled over North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday — a much weaker but still dangerous version of the storm that wreaked havoc in the Bahamas — flooding homes in the low-lying ribbon of islands and throwing a scare into year-round residents who chose to tough it out.

Its winds down to 90 mph (145 kph), the Category 1 hurricane lashed communities with rain and surging seawater as it hugged the islands. Around midmorning, its eye came ashore at Cape Hatteras, Dorian's first landfall on the U.S. mainland.

"It's bad," Ann Warner, who owns Howard's Pub on Ocracoke Island, said by telephone. "The water came up to the inside of our bottom floor, which has never had water." She said a skylight blew out and whitecaps coursed through her front yard and underneath her elevated house.

"We're safe," Warner added. "But it's certainly a mess."

Another Ocracoke Island resident, bookshop owner Leslie Lanier, said via text message that the first floors of some homes had flooded and people had been forced to retreat to their attics, but that the water had already begun to drop.

"We are flooding like crazy," she said, adding: "I have been here 32 years and not seen this."

As of 9 a.m. EDT, Dorian was moving northeast at 14 mph (22 kph). It is expected to remain a hurricane as it sweeps up the Eastern Seaboard through Saturday, veering far enough offshore that its hurricane-force winds are unlikely to pose any threat to land in the U.S.

More than 370,000 people were without electricity in the Carolinas and Virginia as Dorian moved up the coast.

At least four people were killed in the Southeast. All were men in Florida or North Carolina who died in falls or by electrocution while trimming trees, putting up storm shutters or otherwise getting ready for the hurricane. (AP)

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This video screen grab from AFP shows Eric McKinney takes his dog 'Baby' for a walk outside a pet-friendly shelter after the passing of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 5, 2019 in North Charleston, S.C. (Photo: Carmen Cuesta-Roca/AFP/Getty Images)
Wind batters palm trees near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on Sept. 5, 2019 in Carolina Beach, N.C.. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Mobile homes are upended and debris is strewn about at the Holiday Trav-l Park, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Emerald Isle, N.C, after a possible tornado generated by Hurricane Dorian struck the area. (Photo: Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)
Power lines spark in flood water on Market Street as Hurricane Dorian spins just off shore on September 5, 2019 in Charleston, S.C. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Power company lineman work to restore power after a tornado hit Emerald Isle, N.C. as Hurricane Dorian moved up the East coast on Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo: Tom Copeland/AP)
Emerald Isle town employees work to clear the road after a tornado hit Emerald Isle N.C. as Hurricane Dorian moved up the East coast on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo: Tom Copeland/AP)
Rains and wind pelt Charleston, S.C., early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, as Hurricane Dorian enters the area. Hurricane Dorian has begun raking the Southeast U.S. seaboard, threatening to inundate low-lying coasts from Georgia to southwest Virginia with a dangerous storm surge after its deadly mauling of the Bahamas. (Photo: Meg Kinnard/AP)
A customer walks out of The Tidal Market III convenience store in Wilmington, N.C, on Sept. 5, 2019. Hurricane Dorian was expected to brush just off the coast of the area. (Photo: Jeffrey Collins/AP)
A sign at the Lazaretto Creek boat ramp as is nearly underwater at high tide as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the east coast, Sept. 4, 2019, toward Tybee Island, Ga. (Photo: Stephen B. Morton/AP)
Power company lineman work to restore power after a tornado hit Emerald Isle N.C. as Hurricane Dorian moved up the East coast on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo/Tom Copeland/AP)
Sightseers watch waves crash on shore as Hurricane Dorian made it's way off the Florida coast Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Ormond Beach, Fla. (Photo: John Raoux/AP)
St. Mary's: Anne Herring (right) helps support her friend Jen Fabrick (left) as they walk through flood waters near their homes on St. Mary's Street while Hurricane Dorian passes by on Sept. 4, 2019, at St. Mary's. (Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Danny James walks under the Tybee Island pier with a hat full of sea shells he collected during low tide as Hurricane Dorian passes 80 miles out to sea, Sept. 5, 2019, in Tybee Island, Ga. (Photo: Stephen B. Morton/AP)
An American flag flaps in the wind after part of it broke loose from its pole on a house as the rain bans from Hurricane Dorian still linger over Tybee Island, Ga. on Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo: Stephen B. Morton/AP)
Limbs from trees covered the sidewalks around Forsyth Park Thursday morning, Sept. 5, 2019, following the passing of Hurricane Dorian. (Photo: Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP)
Wind and rain hits empty streets in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 5, 2019, as Hurricane Dorian moves along the southeastern US coast. - (Photo: Lucie Aubourg/AFP/Getty Images)
Water floods streets in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 5, 2019, as Hurricane Dorian moves along the southeastern US coast. (Photo: Lucie Aubourg/AFP/Getty Images)
Emily Hicks (not pictured) of Charleston holds her dog Murphy along the waterfront ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 4, 2019. (Photo: Randall Hill/Reuters)
A man watches as strong waves crash into the Cocoa Beach Pier as Hurricane Dorian turns to the north off the eastern coast of Florida after a weakened Category 2 storm devastates parts of the Bahamas. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People are seen next to the sea as the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian approach in Charleston, South Carolina, United States on Sept. 4, 2019. (Photo: Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The sun sets over Lake Eustis in Tavares, Fla., following Hurricane Dorian's blow over Florida on Sept. 4, 2019. (Photo: Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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