Hurricane Arthur makes landfall at Outer Banks

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Hurricane Arthur makes landfall at Outer Banks
Water from Hurricane Arthur buckled a section of North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, seen in a Friday, July 4, 2014 photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is the same spot on Hatteras Island that was breached in Hurricane Irene in 2011. Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, but the weather along the narrow barrier islands had already cleared by Friday afternoon (AP Photo/North Carolina Department of Transportation)
Water from Hurricane Arthur buckled a section of North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, seen in a Friday, July 4, 2014 photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is the same spot on Hatteras Island that was breached in Hurricane Irene in 2011. Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, but the weather along the narrow barrier islands had already cleared by Friday afternoon (AP Photo/North Carolina Department of Transportation)
Vehicles navigate a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A military vehicle and a man navigate a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road while Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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. Hurricane Arthur began moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday after hitting the state's barrier islands overnight, creating a Fourth of July holiday that saw flooding and tens of thousands of power outages. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Police watch a flooded area as a vehicle navigates Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road while Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Vehicles navigate a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Duke Energy's Jason Pearce, top, and Brandon Hicks repair a power line to a home in Beaufort, N.C., after it was downed by a fallen tree during Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Douglass Godette cleans up debris from his yard in Beaufort, N.C., caused by Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
A boater ponders his predicament after his boat is beached on Carrot Island in Beaufort, N.C., after being ripped loose in the winds of Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Jerry Johnson, left, and Sylvester Johnson, right, do the Good Samaritan thing and clear a downed tree from a neighbor's yard in Beaufort, N.C., following a visit from Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
North Carolina residents don't intend to let a hurricane spoil their holiday weekend as a sign announces a parade on Atlantic Beach following Hurricane Arthur on Friday, July 4, 2014. After looking quite threatening the day before, the region sustained only minimal damage, and many folks were ready to enjoy the holiday weekend as the weather cleared rapidly Friday. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
NAGS HEAD, NC - JULY 04: No swimming flags are posted due to the heavy surf left by Hurricane Arthur, July 4, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane Arthur hit North Carolina's outer banks overnight causing wide spead power outages, flooding and damage, and has since weakened to a Category 1 as of Friday morning. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NAGS HEAD, NC - JULY 03: A man fishes from the Nags Head Pier as fog and heavy surf roll in, on July 3, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Hurricane Arthur. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 3: In this handout provided by the NASA, Hurricane Arthur is seen from the International Space Staion as it moves up the U.S. East Coast on July 3, 2014. According to reports, Arthur will continue to strengthen and will reach a category two in strength prior to landfall as early as the evening on July 3. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
A sign at the Outer Banks Motor Lodge displays a message in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bill Peters, innkeeper at the Cypress House Inn in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., prepares to raise a hurricane warning flag Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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A lifeguard speaks with beachgoers in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A lifeguard monitors the beach in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about Hurricane Arthur's impact on the metropolitan area on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at City Hall in New York. Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, threatened to upend Americans' plans for Friday's Independence Day holiday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
UNITED STATES - JULY 3: In this handout provided by the NASA, Hurricane Arthur is seen from the International Space Staion as it moves up the U.S. East Coast on July 3, 2014. According to reports, Arthur will continue to strengthen and will reach a category two in strength prior to landfall as early as the evening on July 3. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 03: Daniel Brown, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, is seen reflected in a television screen as he tracks Hurricane Arthur, the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The National Hurricane Center forecasters predict this hurricane could be a Category 2 when it reaches the North Carolina coast area throughout the day from July 3, 2014 to July 4, 2014. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 03: Daniel Brown, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks Hurricane Arthur, the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecasters predict this hurricane could be a Category 2 when it reaches the North Carolina coast area throughout the day from July 3, 2014 to July 4, 2014. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur being closely monitored with GOES imagery taken midday on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
AP10ThingsToSee - Kevin Taylor, of Savannah, Ga., checks out the waves on the north beach of Tybee Island as Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the East Coast, early Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beachgoers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Senior Lifeguard Jerry Hazellief watches for rip currents from Hurricane Arthur from his lifeguard tower on the beach on Tybee Island, Ga., 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. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Senior Lifeguard Todd Horne, right, and Mark Eichenlaub, left, hang a yellow flag that warns swimmer of strong rip currents from Hurricane Arthur along the beach, on Tybee Island, Ga., 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. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
With the United Nations and Tudor City in the foreground, lightning strikes in the sky over the East River as a major storm approaches New York City July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur, the first of the Atlantic hurricane season, gathered strength July 20, 2014 and would likely reach hurricane strength over the next couple of days. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Senior Lifeguard Todd Horne writes information on tides and rip currents from Hurricane Arthur to warn swimmers on the beach on, Tybee Island, Ga., 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. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
The light house on Tybee Island, Ga., shines in the pre dawn sky as Hurricane Arthur missed Georgia 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. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
RODANTHE, NC - JULY 03: Jim Sullivan of Fredericksburg Va. breaks down his campsite while his wife (L) Amy Sullivan and daughter Stephanie (2nd-L) help, at the KOA Capmground to complying with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
RODANTHE, NC - JULY 03: Joey Haywood of Troy, NC. and his son Dawson Haywood fold up the families tent at a campsite before departing the KOA Capmground to comply with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
RODANTHE, NC - JULY 03: A truck pulling a travel trailer pulls out of the KOA Capmground to comply with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OERGON INLET, NC - JULY 03: A vehicle drives north on Hwy 12 due to mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur, July 3, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a catagory 1 hurricane when it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
PEA ISLAND, NC - JULY 03: Vehicles drive north on Hwy 12 due to mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur, July 3, 2014 in Pea Island, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a catagory 1 hurricane when it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur being closely monitored with GOES AVN infrared imagery taken late on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014 into Thursday, July 3, 2014.

CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Vehicles drive off the ferry from Ocracoke Island due to a mandatory evacuation because of the approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur is fast approaching North Carolina's Outer Banks and is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Stephen Hunter Hicks surfs near the Hatteras Pier, damaged in previous hurricanes, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a Category 1 hurricane as it enters the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Stephen Hunter Hicks surfs near the Hatteras Pier, damaged in previous hurricanes, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a Category 1 hurricane as it enters the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur being closely monitored with GOES infrared imagery taken in the mid-afternoon on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014.
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CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: A sign reads campground closed at Cape Hatteres camp grounds, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. All Cape Hatteras National Seashore camp grounds closed at noon today due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur moving toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Vehicles drive off the ferry from Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: People wait at their vehicles for the ferry to go to Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: 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. A Hurrican watch has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Surfer Nick Haven looks for a place to surf near the old damaged Hatteras Pier, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A Hurricane watch has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Sea Gulls sit on top of vehicle that is waiting for the ferry to go to Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Vehicles drive off the ferry from Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
MIRLO BEACH, NC - JULY 02: A motor home heads north on Hwy 12 on July 2, 2014 in Mirlo Beach, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
MIRLO BEACH, NC - JULY 02: Surveyor Jason Rappe uses GPS technology to measure dunes for a upcoming dune replenishment project, on July 2, 2014 in Mirlo Beach, North Carolina. The region is preparing for tropical storm Arthur that is headed toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Ronald Hill prepares front end loaders if needed to clear sand covered roads due to approaching storm, on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The region is preparing for tropical storm Arthur that is headed toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OEREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Ronald Hill prepares front end loaders if needed to clear sand covered roads due to approaching storm, on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The region is preparing for tropical storm Arthur that is headed toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Mark Horrell (C), his wife Lisa Horell (L) and son Haden, break down their campsite and load their vehicle at the Oregon Inlet camp grounds, on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Scott Brooks (R) and Hannah Thomas (L) of Boston, MA break down their campsite while their dog sits nearby on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 17:45 UTC/GMT on July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 17:45 UTC/GMT on July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-Wast satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 12:00 UTC/GMT July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 17:45 UTC/GMT on July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
NOAA satellite loop Tropical Storm Arthur being closely GOES infrared imagery taken in the afternoon on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014.
NOAA's GOES West satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Arthur at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
NOOA's potential storm surge flooding map for Arthur, released on July 2, 2014.

Astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this photo on Twitter Wednesday morning July 2, 2014 as the International Space Station passed over Tropical Storm Arthur, along with the message, 'Just flew over TS – hoping it heads to sea. Looks mean.'


 

NOAA satellite loop Tropical Storm Arthur being closely GOES infrared imagery taken in the morning on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014.
NOAA GOES East satellite image of Tropical Storm Arthur gradually organizing taken Tuesday afternoon on July 1, 2014.

NOAA 5-day track forecast cone for Tropical Storm Arthur, updated Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Dark clouds form over lower Manhattan as a major storm comes in over the city July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur is headed up the East Coast and could become a hurricane in some areas by Thursday. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Lighting strikes over the Empire State Building as a major storm comes in New York City July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur is headed up the East Coast and could become a hurricane in some areas by July 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A medium hazard flag warns beachgoers to be cautious of moderate surf and currents, in Miami, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT shows swirl of clouds trying to organize around a center of low pressure that may develop into a tropical depression soon off the eastern Florida Coast with rain and thunderstorms. Scattered clouds are occurring across western New England and the Appalachians into the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley and Great Lakes with some showers and thunderstorms. A dense area of clouds across the Central and Northern Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley is producing some strong to severe storms. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
Tropical Storm Arthur potential 4-5 day storm track, made by NOAA on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Stefano Campodonico, of Miami, body boards a small wave in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
A medium hazard flag warns beachgoers to be cautious of moderate surf and currents in Miami, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Overcast weather covers the Brickell area skyline in Miami, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Stefano Campodonico, of Miami, body boards a small wave in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: National Hurricane Center Senior hurricane specialists Lixion Avila (L) and Stacy Stewart, track tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Nick Alvarez, of New York, enjoys a day at the beach in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Nick Alvarez, of New York, enjoys a day at the beach in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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By EMERY P. DALESIO

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) - A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.

Arthur strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday night, its winds strengthening to 100 mph before it made landfall near the southern end of the Outer Banks. Little change was expected in the storm's strength Thursday night and Friday, and Arthur was expected to weaken as it travels northward and slings rain along the East Coast.

The annual Boston Pops Fourth of July concert and fireworks show were held Thursday night because of potential heavy rain from Arthur, while fireworks displays in New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire were postponed until later in the weekend.

Arthur reached land late Thursday between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina, near the southern end of the Outer Banks, a 200-mile string of narrow barrier islands with about 57,000 permanent residents.

The islands are susceptible to high winds, rough seas and road-clogging sands, prompting an exodus that began Wednesday night.

Among the tourists leaving Hatteras Island were 27-year-old Nichole Specht and 28-year-old Ryan Witman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The couple started driving at 3:30 a.m. Thursday on North Carolina Highway 12, the only road on and off Hatteras.

"We were just saying we were really, really lucky this year that the weather was so great, and then this," Specht said as she ended a two-week vacation.

Many island residents, meanwhile, decided to ride out the powerful storm rather than risk losing access to homes connected to the mainland by a highway prone to washouts.

"All the people that I know who live here are staying put," said Mike Rabe, who planned to stay in his Rodanthe home despite an evacuation order for surrounding Hatteras Island.

In the last hours before the hurricane's approach late Thursday, Lena Lines helped to move furniture from the basement to the first floor of the home she shares with her parents to save it from possible flooding. They live in a complex of canals and sound-front homes in the shadow of a memorial to the Wright Brothers, who made the first powered flight in Kill Devil Hills.

If you live in that neighborhood, "it's undeniable, you're going to get flooded" during a storm like this, Lines said.

Dave Gillis, who does maintenance work at Harris-Teeter grocery stores, was attaching sections of galvanized sheet metal over the glass wall at the entrance of a Kill Devil Hills location just as rain started to fall sporadically at 10:30 pm.

"We're just getting to it," he said. "We've had a pretty busy day."

The departures of vacationers left things "pretty dead" on Hatteras Island during the normally bustling run-up to the Independence Day weekend, Rabe said. He spent Thursday running errands and helping neighbors prepare their homes for the storm.

Before the storm hit, tourism officials had expected 250,000 people to travel to the Outer Banks for the holiday weekend. Gov. Pat McCrory sought to strike a balance between a stern warning to vacationers and optimism that part of the busy weekend could be salvaged.

"Of course, this holiday weekend, the July 4th weekend, is one of the biggest weekends for coastal tourism in the state, and we anticipate a beautiful weekend after ... Hurricane Arthur is out of North Carolina," he said.

Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, prompted a hurricane warning for much of the North Carolina coast. On the Outer Banks' Ocracoke Island, accessible only by ferry, a voluntary evacuation took place.

Among those leaving the island was the Unmussig family of Midlothian, Virginia. They cut their vacation two days short when they left Thursday morning in an SUV towing a trailer filled with bicycles and kayaks.

"Our cottage was right on the sound and we didn't want that back-current surge coming in and flooding us out," said Donald Unmussig, 50.

"I just didn't want to risk getting caught there. I have to work Monday morning. I didn't want to be late," he added. "We just decided to cut the losses and go home and not have to deal with the problems."

Tropical storm warnings were also in effect for coastal areas in South Carolina and Virginia and as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

On the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, no evacuations were planned, but residents who have lived through many a fierce storm said they know better than to totally relax.

"I think that for the most part it's another storm, but you never know what can happen," said Rocky Fox, who owns the Chicken Box nightclub on the island. "Being the Fourth of July weekend, things seems to be magnified."

Fox said Nantucket residents are used to being prepared.

"Mother Nature was upset with us this winter, and she may not be through. We're on an island. You can never tell what it's going to do. You prepare for the worst and hope for the best."

Early Friday morning, Arthur was located about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Cape Lookout and about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was moving northeast at 18 mph (30 kph).

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Associated Press writers Martha Waggoner in Raleigh, N.C.; Tony Winton in Miami; and Matt Small in Washington contributed to this report.

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