As of 11 p.m. Arthur still has winds around its center at 100 mph, keeping it a category 2 hurricane. The center is now making landfall into Cape Lookout NC. It's moving to move to the NE at 18mph. The pressure is holding at 976 mb, or 28.82 inches of mercury.
Little change is strength can be expected for the next 12 hours and some weakening can be expected later on Friday as wind shear and cooler water temperatures will begin to undermine Arthur.
Residents and some visitors on parts of North Carolina's popular but flood-prone Outer Banks are under evacuation orders.
Arthur-related worries have prompted some East Coast cities to reschedule or delay fireworks and other July Fourth festivities and to warn of dangerous rip tides. There has been numerous flight delays and cancellations due to Arthur.
The storm will eventually get picked up by a trough which will make it move more toward the NE. This along with some cooler waters north of VA should lessen the blow for the NE U.S.
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