Arthur weakens to Category 1 storm after leaving thousands without power in North Carolina

July 04, 2014

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

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Arthur’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to 90 mph with additional weakening expected.

As of 7 a.m. Friday, Arthur was centered about 65 miles east-northeast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and 95 miles east-southeast of Norfolk, Virginia. It was moving northeast near 23 mph and is expected to dump rain along the East Coast as it travels north.

Meanwhile, a new tropical storm warning was issued for Nova Scotia in Canada, where Arthur is expected to head as it moves northeast.

Arthur, which strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane packing 100 mph winds on Thursday, reached land about 11:15 p.m. between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Power companies estimate about 44,000 were without power across the Carolinas early Friday.

“We’re most concerned about flooding inland and also storm surges in our sounds and our rivers further inland,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday. An evaluation of storm damage would have to wait until after the sun rose Friday, McCrory said.




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