RALEIGH, N.C. — President Donald Trump is thinking of North Carolina Thursday night as Dorian closes in on the coast. The Category 2 storm is expected to hit the Outer Banks area and Wilmington.Trump tweeted his support around 7:50 p.m. as Dorian is barreling up the coast. 

Trump says in the tweet: "Just talked to Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina as Hurricane Dorian ominously comes up the East Coast. We are monitoring it at the @WhiteHouse, ready to assist via our great team over at @FEMA, who are already on site. We are with you all the way North Carolina. BE SAFE!"

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The President heavily criticized Gov. Cooper in a tweet several weeks ago after Cooper vetoed an immigration bill. 

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The hurricane is blamed for more than a dozen tornadoes that hit the Carolinas early Thursday morning. Emerald Isle was hit hard. No injuries have been reported. 

Trump is scheduled to host a rally in Fayetteville in just a few days, Monday, September 9.

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