Hurricane Lili stormed toward the sodden North Carolina coast with 75-mph winds Friday while residents elsewhere along the lower Atlantic coast bailed out from soaking rains of two other storms.
Lili closely followed Tropical Storm Marco, which swept through Florida and Georgia Thursday with 65-mph winds that left thousands without power, prompted school and court closings and damaged homes and buildings.Officials ordered the 700 residents of Ocracoke Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks chain, to evacuate even though the sun shone as Lili churned in the Atlantic.
At 9 a.m., Lili's center was near latitude 30.1 north, longitude 71.0 west, about 450 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. It was moving toward the west at about 22 mph and a turn toward the northwest and then toward the north is expected during the next 24 to 36 hours.
Lili's maximum sustained winds were near 75 mph but they were expected to weaken during the day.
In Dare County, home of Kill Devil Hills where the Wright brothers took their first flight, authorties also asked residents and tourists to leave low-lying areas and mobile homes.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Klaus as well as a cold front moving in from the west soaked most of the East Coast Thursday from Florida to Pennsylvania, dumping more than 7 inches of rain on parts of Georgia.