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    Cars sit submerged in water from Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Dorian is beginning to inch northwestward after being stationary over the Bahamas, where its relentless winds have caused catastrophic damage and flooding.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Flooding From Hurricane Dorian Threatens North, South Carolina - US Weather Service

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    WASHINGTON4 (Sputnik) - Hurricane Dorian is expected to remain offshore as the storm moves north along the US Atlantic Coast, with the threat of flooding in the states of North and South Carolina later in the week, the National Hurricane Centre said.

    "Latest rainfall and excessive rainfall outlook from WPC [Weather Prediction Centre]", the National Hurricane Center said via Twitter. "A high risk exists across portions of the coastal Carolinas, with widespread and significant flooding expected tonight through Friday".

    ​Dorian remained offshore without making landfall in Florida, sparing much of the state.

    ​However, rescue crews have yet to reach much of the Bahamas, including Grand Bahama island, where the hurricane stalled as a Category 5 storm over the weekend, flattening buildings with 190 miles (305 kilometres) per hour winds and drenching the islands with up to 35 inches (89 centimetres) of rain.

    The hurricane earlier downgraded to a category 2 from a category 5, is about 140 miles from Cape Canaveral on central Florida’s east coast and is moving northwest, according to the US National Hurricane Center.  Despite weakening, the hurricane is still expected to have a devastating impact on the US east coast due to it being able to move more water.

    Hurricane Dorian reached a life-threatening Category 5 storm on Sunday, pummeling the Bahamas as it damaged or destroyed at least 13,000 houses on the Caribbean archipelago. At least five people were killed.

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