MIAMI (CBS46) -- Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm as it continues to churns up the Atlantic coast.
Dorian made landfall on Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Island Sunday, making it the strongest storm in modern record to hit the northwestern Bahamas.
Dorian slowed to a Category 2, but was still referred to as "catastrophic" by the National Hurricane Center as it barreled toward the Atlantic coast.
On Wednesday night, the storm was upgraded back up to a Category 3. Thursday morning it was downgraded back to a category 2 storm but still poses a dangerous threat to the Carolina coast.
There's several Hurricane Warnings issued for South and North Carolina.
The most damaging parts of the storm are expected to largely miss the United States mainland.
As of Thursday morning, 20 deaths were reported in the Bahamas.
At 11 p.m. Thursday evening, the storm was located about 35 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.
The storm packs maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour with higher gusts, making it a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The storm has now passed Florida and Georgia as it heads up the Atlantic coast. It dumped heavy rain, causing severe flooding in some areas and is now on track to hammer the Carolinas.
Several road closures are in place and police are encouraging people to stay off the roads.
Thousands are currently without power on Tybee Island.
2019 Atlantic season
Dorian is the second hurricane to develop this hurricane season. The peak of hurricane season is September, and the end of hurricane season is Nov. 30.