Hurricane Dorian weakened to a Category 2 storm on Thursday as it skirted the coasts of the US states of South and North Carolina, US meteorologists said.
At 11:00 am (1500 GMT), Dorian was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kilometers per hour), down from 115 mph (185 kph), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
It said Dorian continues to pose a threat to the Carolina coast.
"Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as the center moves near the coasts of South and North Carolina," it said.
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