Skip to comments.Hurricane Arthur Scythes Through Outer Banks of North Carolina
Posted on 07/04/2014 6:26:41 AM PDT by thackney
The first hurricane of the Atlantic season has hit the North Carolina coast, a wet and windy spoiler of the July Fourth holiday for thousands of Americans as authorities ordered them to evacuate exposed areas.
Hurricane Arthur crossed the coast near Cape Lookout at the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. EDT (0315 GMT) on Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 kph). This earned it Category 2 status on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Moving northeast at 22 mph (35.6 kph), Arthur is the first hurricane to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey in October 2012 and caused $70 billion in estimated damage.
"It (Arthur) is moving through very quickly. That's good news because the wind and the rain and the surge is not going to stay over eastern North Carolina for a long time," said Chris Landsea, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center.
"We're expecting the eye of the storm to move back over the Atlantic Ocean by morning," he said.
As of early Friday morning Arthur's eye was moving near mainland Dare County and northern Pamlico Sound with hurricane conditions spreading northward along the Outer Banks, according to the NHC.
More than 18,000 customers were without power near North Carolina's coast as Arthur rushed through early on Friday morning, according to utility Duke Energy.
However, Arthur remained a medium-sized storm with hurricane force winds extending outward only up to 40 miles (65 km) and lesser tropical storm-force winds 150 miles (240 km).
(Excerpt) Read more at rigzone.com ...
Thousands still without power after Hurricane Arthur
: 8:28 PM Jul 03 2014
As of 6 a.m. Friday, Duke Energy was still reporting that 13,199 customers were without power in Carteret County.
Meanwhile, 1,433 Duke Energy customers in Craven County were without power as of 6 a.m. Friday. Other counties in Duke energy’s service area include Pamlico (632 customers without power), Beaufort (90), Pender (75), Onslow (35), and Jones (1).
As for Tideland EMC, it was reporting that Hyde County had 3361 members without power as of 6 a.m. Friday, followed by Pamlico County (1987), Dare County (739), Craven County (647), Beaufort County (309), Other (13), and Washington County (2).
National Hurricane Center. Pay no attention to the warmists behind the curtain.
Nice job by the state of NC. No panic - just common sense. Some states are obviously more capable of handling storms than others. I would put NC in that category.
Some states are obviously more capable of handling storms than others. I would put NC in that category.
...a lot better than my former home state, New Jersey...
I wasn’t going to name names, but yeah. I agree.
Probably cold and frozen most of the year but a landmass nevertheless.
Then if you look to the right, you will see Great Britain and the western fringes of Europe itself. Looks a lot closer from the vantage point of Newfoundland (also presumably part of Canada).
FReepers, I’d like to introduce you to Arthur. For the next two months, Arthur is going to cause unemployment, foreclosures, and inflation.
He is the perfect scapegoat.
Well...they got their headlines in before the worm turned: About the same time the article was posted they were reporting Arthur was then a Cat 1 & weakening fast.
flattened maps are so deceiving. Have family in Jacksonville, was more worried than they were. Tie down the Ospreys! Waiting for it to hit here. just north of philly. Wish I was in NC.
A FReeper resident of Hyde County reports on the NC board that he has little damage, some concern over salt spray getting on their soybeans. Some corn blown over. That’s about it, thankfully.
Scythed through, huh? Oh, Reuters, the drama of it all...!
Some of the most gorgeous weather comes in behind a hurricane, deep blue sky, nice breeze, warm not hot. Assuming the beach erosion was minimal and it should have been given the speed, and that power outages can be addressed quickly, the tourists evacuated inland may well be returning in time for fireworks in many areas of the OBX. Hope so, it’s a killer economically to take away tourist dollars over the 4th out there.
Fans of seashells will be descending as soon as they can get on the islands. Nothing like a storm to churn some nice ones up and toss them on the beach.
We are kind of used to hurricanes. I think it is good to get hit by a small one every couple of years to take out the weak trees and the like, so when a big one hits, there is less serious damage.
Storm aftermath photos on Weather Underground.
Not too bad, the flooding will drain off fairly quickly. Worst looking one was Highway 64 in Manteo, surprisingly. The sound was up, very choppy and over the road in places.
To be clear, the “they” I was referring to are the global warming cheerleaders that were cheering for the first hurricane of the season and that it was recorded as a Cat 2 at landfall (and quickly petered-out...but it’s the Cat 2 record that matters for them. I won’t go into their bemoaning the lack of damage and lack of headlines to make their case...).
I was there for 1.5 and had to leave for family reasons a month ago. Heading back ASAP!!!