ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Dorian weakened Thursday evening, becoming a Category 2 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters warned Dorian could bring life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds to portions of the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina.
Read live updates below:
8:00 p.m. Thursday: Hurricane Dorian is getting closer to Cape Fear, North Carolina as it continues to weaken. Forecasters believe the Category 2 storm has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, according to the Associated Press.
12:05 p.m. Thursday: Due to damage caused by heavy surf during Hurricane Dorian, the city of Daytona Beach said the fishing section of the Daytona Beach Pier is closed until further notice.
The city said Joe's Crab Shack was not damaged.
11:50 a.m. Thursday: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Floridians dodged a bullet when it came to Hurricane Dorian.
So now, he said, the state's focus is shifted to the Carolinas, where the storm is expected to hit next.
"If we're asked, we've not been requested yet to send mutual aid, but states stepped up for us, so if we're asked to send mutual aid we will do that for our friends in the Carolinas," DeSantis said.
State officials are also reaching out to authorities in the Bahamas, to help bring relief to people there.
10 a.m. Thursday: Gov. Ron DeSantis said early estimates indicate that tens of millions of dollars worth of damage was done to Florida's coast during Hurricane Dorian.
9:50 a.m. Thursday: Gov. Ron DeSantis is providing an update on Hurricane Dorian in Florida.
7:55 a.m. Thursday: Traffic expert Racquel Asa gives us the low-down on which tolls will be reinstated across the state when:
7:15 a.m. Thursday: The coast was treated to a beautiful post-storm sunrise this morning. In case you slept though it, here's video from Port Canaveral as cruise ships were returning after Hurricane Dorian extended their sailings.
6:30 a.m. Thursday: Cruise ships are returning to Port Canaveral Thursday morning after their sailings were extended due to Hurricane Dorian. Click here to read more.
10:05 p.m. Wednesday: At least 20 people have died in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, according to an estimate from the Bahamas Health Minister Duane Sands.
WATCH: A recap of Hurricane Dorian's impact on Central Florida:
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