Hurricane Arthur weakens to a Category 1 storm

2pm track

NORTH CAROLINA (WAVY/AP) — Hurricane Arthur weakened to a Category 1 storm in the Atlantic by midday Friday.

Arthur struck North Carolina as a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph late Thursday, taking about five hours to move across the far eastern part of the state. By 11 a.m. Friday, Arthur had weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds around 90 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

As Hurricane Arthur moved through the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads, it brought flooding and power outages to some areas. No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the storm.

A tornado watch expired at 8 a.m. for Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake, and the following counties in North Carolina: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Outer Banks Dare, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank, and Perquimans.

Tornado warnings expired at 2 a.m. for Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Suffolk. At 1:30 a.m., the National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a tornado near Norfolk International Airport or Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Arthur is the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. It is the earliest in the season a hurricane has made landfall in North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center predicted Arthur would be off the coast of New England later in the day Friday, eventually making landfall in Canada’s maritime provinces as a tropical storm.

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