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North Carolina Survives Earliest Ever Hurricane Hit

TAR HEEL STATE DODGES TROPICAL BULLET …  Hurricane Arthur – a category two storm packing maximum sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour – skirted up the North Carolina coast on Thursday night, but the Tar Heel State managed to escape serious harm. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said…

TAR HEEL STATE DODGES TROPICAL BULLET … 

Hurricane Arthur – a category two storm packing maximum sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour – skirted up the North Carolina coast on Thursday night, but the Tar Heel State managed to escape serious harm.

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said Arthur did only “minimal damage” to the state’s Outer Banks – including modest erosion and limited destruction of property.  Meanwhile fewer than 50,000 North Carolinians were without power in the immediate aftermath of the storm – a much smaller number than expected.

Of course Arthur did put the kibosh on a holiday weekend in which a quarter million tourists were expected to come calling on the Outer Banks – a 200-mile stretch of barrier islands that represents a vital component of North Carolina’s tourism industry.

Speaking of, transportation officials were working hard to reopen N.C. Highway 12 – a 148-mile artery that traverses much of the Outer Banks.  The sooner that road is fully traversable, the sooner the Outer Banks can get back to business.

The good news?  Highway 12 appeared to be in much better shape than it was in the wake of Hurricane Isabel (2003), subtropical storm Andrea (2007),  Hurricane Irene (2011) and “Super-storm” Sandy (2012).

In fact McCrory said he expected the road to be open again no later than Saturday evening …

Arthur – the earliest hurricane to strike North Carolina in recorded history – made its first landfall at around 11:15 p.m. EDT near Shackleford Banks, N.C.  After traversing Pamlico Sound, a second landfall was made near the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge.

Why was the impact of this system so mild?

For starters, Arthur came ashore at low tide – limiting the impact of its storm surge.  Also, Arthur was a fast-moving system – meaning its strong winds and heavy rains didn’t linger for long over the region.

So … what’s next for this storm?

Here’s the latest forecast window courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) …

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And here’s the latest forecast track …

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Both models show the system speeding northeast – well offshore of the coastal United States.

While Arthur’s limited impact is obviously good news, it’s early arrival could signal a busier-than-expected tropical season.  In late May, the NOAA predicted a “near-normal or below-normal hurricane season” including 8-13 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes.

Last year saw a drop-off in tropical activity after three busy seasons from 2010-12.

(For previous coverage of Hurricane Arthur, click HEREHERE and HERE).

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27 comments

TontoBubbaGoldstein July 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

PRO TIP:
No matter how good the bite is…now is NOT the time to weigh anchor for the Flemish Cap.

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euwe max July 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Why shouldn’t we succeed? Admiral Anderson did.

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The Colonel July 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

You know, since T-Rav lost his license, maybe we could talk him into taking a boat to Greenville by way of the Flemish Cap!

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GrandTango July 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

QQ: What would be the description of NC NOT surviving earliest ever hurricane hit??

Note: Take a class in headline writing. Another Dead mind is something we DON’T need.

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The State July 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

“Note: Take a class in headline writing. Another Dead mind is something we DON’T need.”

Wow! What can I say? …you’re hired!

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GrandTango July 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm

You could not afford me.

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The State July 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

What’s that blog paying you? Lol!

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GrandTango July 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

You’d probably be surprised…LMAO…

Smirks July 4, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Surprised if you pulled $10 in a month, maybe.

GrandTango July 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

I’m sure that’s more than you got for your soul.

Deo Vindice SC July 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Then how will Nikki win the election ?

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Bible Thumper July 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

It is time for the article about how bad the USA is and that we have nothing to celebrate on July 4th.

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Paul July 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

or about how some “free market” reforms could have prevented the hurricane altogether…

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euwe max July 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

If Everyone would just stop thinking about the weather, it wouldn’t be so bad. It’s the media.

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Bill OReilly Fan July 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The”librul” media!

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euwe max July 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

When facts harsh your mellow, change the channel to Fox News 4!

Bible Thumper July 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Arthur, another illegal immigrant. Obama is not defending our borders.

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Deo Vindice SC July 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

The Contra’s are interested in buying T – RAV’s new snow machine.

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Bible Thumper July 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Katrina was Bush’s fault.

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SCBlues July 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Bush definitely did not cause Katrina – but sure made a mess of responding – heck of a job Brownie!

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The Colonel July 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

It’s really a shame that no one blames the real asshat in the whole Katrina story, namely Ray “chocolate city” Nagin.

euwe max July 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Climate Change

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Brad Hutto For Senate July 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm

The Hell with this hurricane stuff!

Has TRav announced yet!

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Bible Thumper July 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

He has to bum a ride to Greenville to make the announcement.

“Thomas Ravenel, a former state treasurer and current reality TV star, will have his driver’s license suspended for six months after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge in New York.”

He can get his license back in August or September.

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easterndumbfuckastan July 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

If the El Nino holds up most of our hurricanes and tropical storms this year will be of the close to the coast spin variety just like Arthur. Next up Bertha.

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southmauldin July 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Happy 4th everybody!!! Even you, Big T/Sandi. This Busch Light’s for you!

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Smirks July 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch Light?! Socialist!!!

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