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Here’s a look at the damage Hurricane Dorian left behind on the North Carolina coast

While Hurricane Dorian made its way up the North Carolina coast Friday, parts of the Outer Banks sustained serious damage.

A car and furniture were submerged in the island of Ocracoke, where people were spotted walking in chest-deep water, according to photos shared with WNCT reporter Dillon Huffman.

Hundreds of people were stranded on the barrier island Friday while storm surge and flash floods posed risks to the area, Gov. Roy Cooper said.

The storm later that day had moved into the ocean, more than 100 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras, the National Hurricane Center said.

Video from the region showed wind thrashing tree branches while a building appeared to drift along the water, according to a post from WCNC meteorologist Brad Panovich.

The damage came after Cooper ordered a mandatory evacuation for Ocracoke and other eastern communities before the storm hit the state.

Dorian had hugged the coast for days before it made landfall Friday morning near Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks, the National Hurricane Center said.

But damage was still reported as the storm made its way north Thursday.

The storm toppled trees and washed out roads as it slammed the region, local officials posted on social media.

Pavement was saturated in downtown New Bern as storm surge made its way onto shore that afternoon, a photo from the city’s police department shows.

Pools of water also formed on roads in Brunswick County, making them impassable early Friday morning, according to posts from officials.

That’s when a record-breaking 8.58 inches of rain fell in Wilmington, the National Weather Service reports.

Dorian also left tens of thousands of people in coastal counties without power early Friday.

That morning, crews were working to clear roads after power lines were forced down in Carteret County, officials say. Fallen tree limbs were spread across lanes of traffic in the area, according to posts from the sheriff’s office.

A tree was also uprooted near Scotts Hill Market, where siding appeared to tear off the business, photos from the Wilmington Star News show.

“The building is destroyed,” the store posted on its Facebook page. “Everyone is ok.”

Fourteen tornado reports were made in North Carolina on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service’s preliminary storm report.

One of those was near the boardwalk in Emerald Isle, where a waterspout formed during the storm, officials say. The impact shredded structures at an RV park and left debris in the street, photos from a town Facebook post show.

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