Published On: Aug 06 2014 05:20:29 AM CDTUpdated On: Jul 05 2014 07:24:59 AM CDT
Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina late on July 3, but it did not dawdle over the coastline to vandalize neighborhoods for long.
The storm accelerated its rapid trek north, the National Weather Service said, and was leaving land behind as the sun rose.
As of 9 a.m. ET Friday, Arthur weakened to Category 1 as it continued its path 130 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia, but still had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
Parts of eastern North Carolina could see up to 8 inches of rain Friday, the weather service said. Cape Cod and Nantucket, Massachusetts, could get 6 inches.
No deaths or serious injuries have been reported from the hurricane, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday morning.
McCrory said he knows of "minimal damage," but he stressed that state officials don't have all reports in yet.
The storm was moved northeast at 23 mph, prompting warnings and watches across the Northeastern seaboard and Canada's Maritime provinces, but a merciful jetstream was pushing to storm northeast, so it's wasn't expected to make direct landfall in New England.
As Arthur left the South's shores, hurricane watches and warnings vanished and were resurrected, as tropical storm warnings were posted farther north in anticipation of the storm's gradual demise around Nova Scotia.
Arthur came ashore with 100-mph winds at 11:15 p.m. Thursday. The Category 2 storm made landfall between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.
At the peak, nearly 21,000 customers had lost electricity along the coast of North Carolina as Hurricane Arthur passed through, Duke Energy said. The overwhelming majority were in Carteret County.
By 9 a.m. ET Friday, Duke Energy and Dominion Power reported more than 18,000 customers still without power.
The storm got more dangerous as it developed an inner eye wall, said CNN severe weather meteorologist Chad Myers.
Though it moved on, the hurricane left deadly danger lurking under its coattails: Possible rip currents. The weather service calls the spurts of back-flowing water -- that can drag a swimmer from the shore and out to sea -- the worst danger at the beach.
The storm interrupted other people's holiday plans, including a decision by the town of Surf City, North Carolina, to scrap its Fourth of July show. They will light up the fireworks on August 29 for an end-of-summer party.
Arthur was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm early Saturday, as its sustained winds dropped to 70 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
The center of Arthur was forecast to pass over or near western Nova Scotia on Saturday
There's a possibility it could still hit Nova Scotia early Saturday, the weather service said, but it's expected to fizzle to a "post-tropical cyclone," meaning winds of about 40 mph, by then. A Category 1 hurricane starts at 74 mph.
On Saturday, the hurricane center warned that potentially deadly rip currents can still form at beaches from the Mid-Atlantic northward, even though Arthur may be far away.