LIVE EVERY THREE HOURS: Cat 2 Dorian lashing Carolinas, nearing Myrtle Beach

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hurricane Dorian is lashing the Carolinas with strong winds, rain and tornadoes as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday.

As of 5 p.m., Hurricane Dorian remains a strong Category 2 storm with 105 mph maximum sustained winds. The system is about 45 miles south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and 85 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Rain bands produced tornadoes Thursday morning across northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina.

Dorian bore down on the Bahamas for 48 hours. Twenty people were confirmed to have died. Approximately 13,000 homes were destroyed in one group of islands in the Bahamas alone.

The storm then moved north in the Atlantic, parallel with Florida’s east coast.

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