Despite seeing impacts most of Thursday, Hurricane Dorian still has yet to properly reach Eastern North Carolina.

As of 8 p.m., Dorian was about 60 miles south of Wilmington and moving northeast at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Dorian's general motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed through Saturday.

Most of Eastern North Carolina is expected to see an increase in hurricane-like weather in the coming hours and early Friday morning.

Key concerns from the National Weather Service office in Morehead City included storm surge, tropical-storm-force winds and potential hurricane-force gusts.

Duke Energy reported the following outages, as of 9:15 p.m.: 2,852 customers in Onslow County, 231 in Lenoir County, and 200 in Craven County. Duke Energy's website noted they were awaiting storm impacts to determine the estimated time of restoration.

More power outages could start spreading northwards due to stronger winds.

Here's what you can expect overnight:


Jacksonville and surrounding areas

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service office in Morehead City said the Jacksonville area will see more rain, with several more inches possible. Two to four inches have fallen already and the rainfall is expected to continue through Friday morning. Tropical-storm-force winds will be likely with the potential for hurricane-force gusts depending on how close Dorian gets to the shore.

Storm surge remains a possibility along the New River and Onslow beaches.


Kinston and surrounding areas

The Kinston area can expect tropical-storm-force winds and a few additional inches of rain. The rain could be cause for flash flooding concerns. The Neuse River is expected to go into minor flood stage Friday evening.


New Bern and surrounding areas

The New Bern area can expect localized flash flooding concerns, tropical-storm-force winds and potential hurricane-force gusts. Storm surge is a very real concern for the New Bern area. National Weather Service said surges could be four-to-six feet above ground level after they have started to see areas of the Neuse River being to rise.


From the National Weather Service's website: 

Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected along portions of the coast regardless of the exact track of Dorian's center.

The risk of flash flooding will continue to increase to become more widespread across the coast throughout the night.