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NC quickly rebounds after landfalling Hurricane Arthur

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Hurricane Arthur as viewed from the ISS Friday. Hurricane Arthur as viewed from the ISS Friday.
Tropical Storm Arthur as viewed from the ISS on Wednesday. Tropical Storm Arthur as viewed from the ISS on Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Arthur off east coast of Florida, (7/1/2014 at 14:37 UTC) NOAA satellite image. Tropical Storm Arthur off east coast of Florida, (7/1/2014 at 14:37 UTC) NOAA satellite image.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Hurricane Arthur is now a Category 1 storm after it brought flooding and power outages to North Carolina's Outer Banks overnight.
   
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Arthur's maximum sustained winds are down to 80 mph. Additional weakening is expected.
   
Still, a new tropical storm warning was issued for Nova Scotia in Canada. That's Arthur's next expected landfall as it moves northeast.

The system made its first landfall near the southern end of the Outer Banks on Thursday night. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Arthur reached land about 11:15 p.m. between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina.

Arthur strengthened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph Thursday evening, pummeling the southern end of the Outer Banks with high winds, rough seas and road-clogging sands, prompting evacuations that began Wednesday night.

Hurricane Arthur made history, being the earliest hurricane in recorded history for the state of North Carolina to make landfall.

Power Quickly Restored

Crews have made short work of restoring power to most places after Hurricane Arthur left the state's coast.
   
State officials said about 41,000 customers were without power as the storm moved away Friday morning. By afternoon, Duke Energy and North Carolina's electric cooperatives reported less than 9,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.
   
Duke Energy expects to restore power to all its customers except Morehead City by the end of Friday. Tideland EMC said on its Facebook page that it likely will be Sunday before power is fully restored on Ocracoke Island.

Hurricane Arthur's Aftermath   

Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina officials are hopeful that the bridge to Hatteras Island and its two-lane highway will be open by late Saturday despite some damage.
   
In a Friday morning news conference, McCrory said winds are too high and seas are too rough to do a sonar scan on the Bonner Bridge. It connects Hatteras to the rest of the state. He added that problems on North Carolina Highway 12 include some buckling of pavement and standing sand and water.
   
But McCrory says officials are confident that both the bridge and the road may reopen late Saturday.
   
Farther south, the governor said power was out on all of Ocracoke island. The good news is that the people there are safe and there are no reports of injuries.

Eleven counties declared a State of Emergency:  Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Tyrrell. Three shelters in Beaufort County, two shelters in Carteret County, four shelters in Craven County, three shelters in Onslow County, and one each in Pamlico and Pender counties were opened for residents and visitors who needed to evacuate.

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