The Ocracoke Village Fire Department was deployed as the command center on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, on Friday after Hurricane Dorian. Connie Leinbach / Ocracoke Observer via AP 07] The island with about 940 inhabitants is only accessible by boat or plane. Cooper said medical and search and rescue teams are on the way.
Hurricane Dorian landed in Cape Hatteras, north of Ocracoke Island, around 9:00 pm on Friday, when the storm devastated parts of the Bahamas and killed at least 43 people, moving away from the US East Coast earlier this week, forecasters and officials said.
The storm also caused damage to Cape Hatteras and other parts of the Outer Banks and left them without power, Cooper said.
Residents of Ocracoke Island who have lagged behind on a scale of flooding they had never seen it.
"The water wall was just rushing from the sound side of the island and it looked like a bathtub, very fast" Steve Harris, who has been living on the island most of the last 19 years, said The Associated Press.
"We rose from 4 to 6 feet in a matter of minutes from almost no water," Harris said.
He lives on the third floor of a condominium building, but is lost his car to the storm, and he told the AP that people were getting around there by boat.
More than 135,000 customers lost power and more than 81 roads across North Carolina were suspended due to flooding or backlog, Cooper said.  In South Carolina, whipped by the hurricane before it hit the Outer Banks, Utility Compa According to Dominion Energy, crews worked around the clock to power 47,000 customers.
In Virginia, Norfolk was hit by tidal floods and Cape Henry hit by gusts of 120 km / h from the National Weather Service .
Hurricane Dorian devastated parts of the Bahamas after landing as Category 5 storm earlier this week. At least 43 people are dead, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said Friday, and the number is expected to increase significantly.
An estimated 13,000 homes were destroyed and thousands of people were reported missing.
The hurricane poses A threat to Nova Scotia, Canada, where strong winds were expected late Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.
Paul Mason, managing director of the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office, said in a video message on Friday that the entire province might be affected and said that rain and wind could occur at about 150 km / h or about 93 mph.
The hurricane was to pass about 120 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where a tropical storm warning was in effect.