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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Evacuation ordered for island on North Carolina's Outer Banks
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Emergency officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of a fragile barrier island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.
Dare County officials said Wednesday that the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island would begin at 5 a.m. Thursday. After that time, no one will be allowed on the island.
The officials said residents and out-of-town visitors who may already have arrived for the Fourth of July weekend should evacuate during daylight hours before the tropical storm brings high winds, rough seas, dangerous rip currents and possible flooding on N.C. 12. The two-lane highway is the only way on and off the island other than ferries to the south.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for all of Dare County. Arthur is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday.
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