OUTER BANKS, N.C. (AP/WAVY) — Hurricane Arthur has made landfall near Cape Lookout in the Outer Banks. The Category 2 storm is expected to pass Hatteras Island early Friday morning.
The latest update for Arthur shows the eye of the storm passing slightly to the west of Hatteras, according to Super Doppler 10 meteorologists Don Slater and Tiffany Savona. While the worst effects of the storm will still be felt in and around Hatteras, the new track of the storm will affect a greater swath of the Outer Banks.
Arthur’s winds are currently at 100 mph, moving NNE at about 18 mph. They are expected to increase later tonight.
The storm is expected to move across the southern Pamlico Sound and approach Hatteras Island from the west between midnight and 2 a.m. The Outer Banks will see 14 to 20 foot waves during the height of the storm, as wind gusts could reach 110 mph and higher.
Areas farther inland in northeast North Carolina are expected to feel 40 to 60 mph winds and see two to four foot waves in the sound. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson predicts Arthur moving through and away from Outer Banks between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.
The National Hurricane Center predicted Arthur would swipe the North Carolina coast early Friday and then be off the coast of New England later in the day, eventually making landfall in Canada’s maritime provinces as a tropical storm.
Arthur prompted a hurricane warning for much of the North Carolina coast, including Pasquotank, Camden, Dare and Currituck counties. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for more inland counties of North Carolina and coastal areas in Virginia.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the following areas: Bertie County, Chesapeake, Chowan County, Norfolk, Perquimans County, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.
Coastal areas of Virginia, like Virginia Beach, are expected to see 30 to 40 mph winds, 50 mph gusts and five to 11 foot waves. Slater said when the storm moves through there, the area will be at low tide.
In more inland areas of Virginia, like Suffolk and the Peninsula, the height of the storm will bring 20 to 30 mph winds, 45 mph gusts and two to five foot waves in the Chesapeake Bay.
Forecasters say that by later Friday, the effects of Arthur should be past the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads, with the rest of the weekend salvaged.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing system.