Hurricane Arthur Weakens After Hitting North Carolina, Heads Up East Coast

Tropical storm warnings were discontinued for the Virginia coast and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The warnings remain in effect for Nantucket and the Cape Cod in Massachusetts. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported.

Hurricane Arthur weakened to Category 1 storm after bringing flooding and power outages to North Carolina’s Outer Banks overnight.

Bryan Wilson, owner of Miller’s Waterfront restaurant in Nags Head, N.C., braves floodwaters to check the damage to his property on Friday. Hyunsoo Leo Kim/The Virginian-Pilot, via Associated Press

Here are the current watches and warnings from the National Hurricane Center, which are in effect as of Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

Hurricane Arthur Notes:

— Storm passing well east of Mid-Atlantic Coast
— Maximum sustained winds of 75 MPH, with gusts higher
— The hurricane has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm after hitting North Carolina overnight nhc.noaa.gov

Current projected path of Arthur, including current watches and warnings from the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

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Updates

Winds continued to slow Friday night, and by 10:45 p.m. ET were maxing out at 75 mph. The storm was still moving northeast and was about 225 miles from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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Arthur was moving northeast Friday evening with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

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Aerial photo shows flooding from Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. U.S. Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters

Hurricane Arthur’s current projected path, via Weather Underground.

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The center of the storm made landfall at 11:15 p.m. over Shackleford Banks, between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina.

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According to the NWS, the eye of the storm was making landfall near Cape Lookout, in North Carolina, at 11 p.m. People in North Macon also noticed a dramatic drop in wind about 11 p.m., indicating they eye of the storm was moving over them, according to Weather Underground.

In a briefing Thursday evening, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said a state of emergency had been declared in 11 counties. McCrory advised people to stay indoors and said emergency crews were standing by.

Arthur became a Category 2 hurricane Thursday evening, according to a NWS bulletin issued at 9 p.m. ET. Maximum sustained winds were hitting 100 mph and the storm was about 55 miles from Cape Fear.

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After Arthur began moving more west than previously expected, Dare County, in North Carolina, warned residents Thursday night that there could be significant flooding and overwash. The county established several refuges for anyone needing to escape the storm.

Arthur was moving north at about 15 mph early Thursday night with maximum sustained winds of about 90 mph. As of 7:30 p.m. ET, the eyewall — or the most powerful region of the storm — was just east of Cape Fear, in North Carolina.

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NASA satellite imagery shows the progression of Hurricane Arthur on July 1st-3rd

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Video taken earlier today from the Frying Pan Tower shows the very large ocean waves from Hurricane Arthur.

The FPTower is a Coast Guard Light Station located 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Follow their Twitter account as it live-tweets the experiences in the tower during the hurricane. youtube.com

Arthur is expected to become a Category 2 Hurricane by the time it passed over or near the Carolina coast.

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Nantucket Island and Cape Cod have now been issued a Tropical Storm warning with the 5 p.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center.

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As of 2 p.m. ET, Arthur was moving north-northeast at 13 mph and is expected to increase speed tonight and Friday. The core of Hurricane Arthur is expected to approach the warning areas on the coast of North Carolina tonight.

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A hurricane-caused tornado watch is in effect for the following North Carolina counties until 2 am ET on Friday.

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Hurricane Arthur’s eye seen by Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station.

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Most of North Carolina’s coast was given a hurricane warning, plus a mandatory evacuation of Outer Banks’ Hatteras Island.

Additionally, tropical storm warnings were announced for coastal areas in South Carolina and Virginia. AP Photo/Weather Underground

Arthur was nearing hurricane strength early Thursday morning but remained a tropical storm. It was 140 miles from Charleston. The National Weather Service reports that the U.S. Air Force deployed an airplane Thursday to investigate the storm.

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Arthur was about 160 miles south, southeast of Charleston, S.C., at 11 p.m. ET Wednesday. It had not yet become a hurricane and continued moving north at 8 mph.

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Satellite imagery from the National Weather Service shows Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida on July 2.

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Arthur is currently moving North at 8 mph, with maximum sustained winds remaining at 70 mph.

Click here for the full 8 pm ET bulletin. nhc.noaa.gov

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered by Dare County Emergency Management for residents and visitors on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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A map from the National Hurricane Center shows the areas that could be impacted by flooding from storm surge.

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Enhanced satellite image from myFOX Hurricane of Tropical Storm Arthur progressing through the afternoon and into early evening.

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