Arthur Makes Landfall as a Category 2 Hurricane, Churns Through Outer Banks
Hurricane Arthur is the first storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season and it’s made landfall on the North Carolina coast as Category 2 hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami puts Arthur about 20 miles east of Kitty Hawk, N.C., moving northeast at 23-mph. Arthur still has sustained winds of 100-mph and intensity will hod for the next few hours. Reconnaissance aircraft are flying regularly into the storm and continue to find a well-organized storm with a well-defined center of circulation and robust convection. An eye is alsoapparent on satellite, which is further indication of a strong storm.
Hurricane warnings have been issued from Cape Lookout to the border with Virginia – including the Pamlico Sound and eastern Ablemarle Sound. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect from the South Santee River, S.C. to Surf City, N.C. and from the Virginia/North Carolina border to Cape Charles Light, Va – including the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for parts of Massachusetts; including Cape Cod — from Providencetown to Chatham and Nantucket.
Arthur made landfall at Atlantic Beach, N.C. The storm – at Category 2 strength – had winds max out around 101-mph (recorded gust) as it crossed the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Arthur exited the Outer Banks around 4:45 a.m. EDT and is marching northeastward.
Arthur will continue to race up the East Coast and could brush parts of New England Friday afternoon, but its effects will be limited on the Northeast.
Once Monday rolls around Arthur will be extra-tropical and out over the northern Atlantic. Arthur could even impact the southern tip of Greenland with tropical storm force winds.
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