UPDATE: 7/5 6:30am
Hurricane Arthur is now being downgraded to a tropical storm.
Arthur is churning toward Nova Scotia after drenching the Massachusetts summer resort island of Nantucket on Friday.
Arthur cut power to almost 20 thousand homes and businesses after making landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday.
North Carolina state officials say there was minimal damage from the storm.
UPDATE: 7/4 12:42am
Hurricane Arthur has churned its way over the Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge.
It made its first landfall near Cape Lookout on the Outer Banks at about 11:15 Thursday night.
It was packing sustained winds of 100-miles-per-hour.
North Carolina's Governor has issued a state of emergency in eleven counties.
UPDATE: 7/3 11:40pm
Hurricane Arthur has made landfall over Shackleford Banks, North Carolina.
That's between Cape Lookout and Beaufort.
The NOAA station at Cape Lookout has clocked a sustained wind of 77 miles-per-hour with a gust of 101 mph.
UPDATE: 7/3 11:06pm
The eye of Arthur is about to make landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft reported 700-mb flight-level winds of 94 kt and SFMR winds of 79 kt in the southeastern eyewall. The lowest reported central pressure was 976 mb. Based on these data, the initial intensity was increased to 85 kt. Coastal radar data indicates a well-defined 20-25 n mi diameter eye is present, and the eye is also apparent in infrared satellite imagery.
Arthur is accelerating toward the northeast due to the approach of a baroclinic trough over the northeastern United states, and the initial motion is now 035/16. A continued northeastward motion and acceleration are expected during the next 24-36 hours. The forecast track calls for the center to cross coastal North Carolina during the next several hours, pass southeast of New England in about 24 hours, and be near or over western Nova Scotia in about 36 hours. After that, the westerlies are expected to steer Arthur or its remnants across Newfoundland into the North Atlantic. The forecast track is similar to the previous track and lies near the center of the guidance envelope for the first 72 hours.
Little change in strength is expected during the next 12 hours as the eye of the hurricane crosses coastal North Carolina and the adjacent northwestern Atlantic. After that, Arthur is expected to undergo extratropical transition, which is forecast to be complete by the time the cyclone reaches Nova Scotia. After passing Nova Scotia, a post-tropical Arthur should weaken rapidly over the North Atlantic.
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FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INIT 04/0300Z 34.6N 76.6W 85 KT 100 MPH
12H 04/1200Z 36.7N 74.5W 85 KT 100 MPH
24H 05/0000Z 40.0N 70.3W 80 KT 90 MPH
36H 05/1200Z 43.7N 66.1W 70 KT 80 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
48H 06/0000Z 46.2N 62.6W 60 KT 70 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
72H 07/0000Z 51.5N 54.0W 40 KT 45 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
96H 08/0000Z 57.5N 44.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP 120H 09/0000Z 60.0N 35.0W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
$$ Forecaster Beven Delivered by Weather Underground Inc. Thu Jul 3 2014 11:02PM EDT
UPDATE: 7/3 9:34pm
MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Arthur has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane, with winds increasing to 100 mph as it nears the North Carolina coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that little additional change in strength was expected Thursday night and Friday and that the storm would begin weakening Friday night.
On Thursday night, Arthur was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and about 110 miles (165 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was moving northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).
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UPDATE 7/3 11am
Skies are darkening off the East Coast as Hurricane Arthur inches towards the Carolinas.
The storm is currently off the coast of South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles an hour.
It's expected to scrape by North Carolina's coastline late tonight, but there are some models that indicate it may make landfall.
The storm may put a damper on Fourth of July celebrations on the East Coast.
The Boston Pops Fourth of July fireworks show has been moved up to tonight
Thur 7/3 5:00am
Tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches are turning into hurricane warnings as Hurricane Arthur turns toward the East Coast. Meteorologist Rob Carolan says a cold front is affecting the route Arthur is taking.
The storm is now at hurricane strength as it draws closer to the North Carolina shore. A number of beaches are already closed and evacuation orders are out for areas where the storm is most likely to hit, if it comes onshore. Even if Arthur doesn't make landfall, the storm is generating a lot of rain and that promises a wet 4th of July weekend for much of the Eastern Seaboard.
Meterologist Rob Carolan says Hurricane Arthur has plans all along the east coast throughout the holiday weekend.
JUST IN: NHC: Hurricane Warning issued for much of North Carolina coast as Tropical Storm Arthur strengthens. pic.twitter.com/Pg7Rdd9BYf— ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2014