Late Thursday morning, Arthur was about 260 miles southwest of
According to CBS affiliate WRAL,
Forecasters expect Arthur speed up to a Category 2 storm and pass over or near the Outer Banks - a 200-mile string of narrow barrier islands with about 57,000 permanent residents - early Friday, bringing rain, heavy winds, storm surge and dangerous rip tides.
Before the storm hit, tourism officials had expected 250,000 people to travel to the Outer Banks for the holiday weekend. Gov. Pat McCrory warned people: "Don't put your stupid hat on," urging them to put safety before picnics, barbecues and pre-paid beach cottage vacations.
Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, prompted a hurricane warning for much of the
Before sunset Wednesday on Route 12, a long line of cars, trailers and recreational vehicles formed a steady stream of traffic. The road has been sliced apart twice in recent years as storms cut temporary channels from the ocean to the sound. N.C. 12 is easily blocked by sand and water.
Officials called the evacuation for
The holiday weekend was not expected to be a complete loss on the Outer Banks. Forecasters said the storm would move through quickly with the worst of the weather near
If Arthur makes landfall in the