Hurricane Arthur leaves thousands without power on July Fourth
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.