WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Arthur has made landfall near the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks. It has weakened to a category one storm, with winds topping out at 90 mph.
The National Hurricane Center says parts of coastal North Carolina are dealing with flooding/
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Arthur reached land about 11:15 p.m. Thursday between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina.
Arthur is moving offshore of the Outer Banks and is expected to pass southeast of Cape Cod Friday evening.
Arthur's impact is still being felt in the D.C. region, says ABC7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff.
Hurricane Arthur is bearing down on the Outer Banks with hurricane-force winds, flooding rains and storm surge several feet high. But the D.C. area will see rain tapering off.
As Arthur accelerates off the coast later Friday morning, weather conditions locally will rapidly improve from west to east across the area and then the entire mid-Atlantic region with the oceanfront areas the last to improve.Get the full forecast on WTOP.com.
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Hurricane Arthur heads up North Carolina
Hurricane Arthur made landfall at about 11 p.m. Thursday, and it's still a Category 2 storm, the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center says.
As of about 3 a.m. Friday, Arthur was about 35 miles northwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and maximum sustained winds are at 100 mph. It's moving northeast at 22 mph.
Hurricane warnings on North Carolina's coast stretch from Surf City to the Virginia border.
A hurricane watch is in effect for other parts of the state.
Arthur-related worries have prompted some East Coast cities to reschedule July Fourth festivities and warn of dangerous rip tides.
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Gov. Pat McCrory: 'North Carolina is open for business'
WASHINGTON -- Just hours after Hurricane Arthur slammed into North Carolina, residents are starting to clean up the damage caused early this morning.
"North Carolina is open for business," says North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory at a news conference.
"There has been minimal damage."
Still, some 44,000 residents remain without power.
Hurricane Arthur battered the Outer Banks and other parts of North Carolina between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday.
State officials say thousands of people heeded their advice and left the area before Arthur touched down.
By 10 a.m. Friday, weather conditions are much calmer, despite choppy seas and some clouds: