Hurricane Arthur leaves thousands without power on July Fourth

  • People walk along a flooded street near the waterfront in Manteo, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014 after Hurricane Arthur passed through the area leaving some roads underwater.
  • A Mercedes sitting at restaurant on Hwy 64 is flooded by Hurricane Arthur, July 4, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. 
  • A man crosses a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., July 4, 2014.
  • Carter Cromley of Virginia carries the cover for his jet ski that was blown off as hurricane Arthur continues in Nags Head, North Carolina July 4, 2014.
  • Strong winds and heavy surf cover Hwy 64 at the Albemarle Sound caused by Hurricane Arthur on July 3, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina.
  • Kyler Cook, 10, of Tiffen, Ohio, jumps across sand bags placed to stop beach erosion during the effects of Hurricane Arthur, in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina July 3, 2014.
  • Kevin Taylor of Savannah, Ga., heads out to surf the waves on the north beach of Tybee Island as Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the East Coast, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake.
  • Bill Kirk of Ashland Ky. takes one last look at the ocean in front of the beach house he rented, before complying with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina.
  • Mark Scammell places a piece of plywood over the sign to his surf shop in Nags Head, North Carolina July 3, 2014. The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday as it spun closer to the North Carolina coast, bringing the anticipated stiff wind gusts and heavy rain that forced thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders.
  • Koby Cooper (L) and Colby Atkins of Charleston WV. play in the surf near the old damaged Hatteras Pier, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.



No, those were not Independence Day fireworks booming in the night sky, it was thunder.

Hurricane Arthur barreled up the East Coast ahead of July Fourth weekend, causing evacuations in North Carolina, and leaving flooding and damage in its wake. On Thursday evening, the storm was upgraded to Category 2 with sustained winds of 100 mph. By Friday morning, Arthur weakened and moved out to sea.

No casualties were reported in North Carolina, the state hardest hit, though more than 22,000 were left without power.

“Although Hurricane Arthur made landfall near Morehead City as a category two hurricane, there are minimal reports of damage,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Friday morning. “Our teams have transitioned into the recovery phase and have begun damage assessments in the hardest hit areas.” 

Fireworks celebrations in Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, were postponed as the storm dampened vacation plans along the East Coast. Though weakening, the weather system is continuing toward the eastern coast of Canada.