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Hurricane Arthur makes landfall in North Carolina

Posted: 3:29 PM, Jul 03, 2014
Updated: 2014-07-04 16:23:23-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) - The center of Hurricane Arthur has officially made landfall in North Carolina as it continues to barrel its way northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Weather officials say the category 2 hurricane with winds up 101 mph  touched ground near the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks about 11:15 p.m.  The hurricane might spare New York from a direct hit, but will still stir up a nasty storm for our region.

The storm is expected to generate strong surf, high winds and lashing rains in our region as it hooks up with a strong cold front.

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Even before the tri-state area feels effects from the storm, a cold front had produced quite a bit of severe weather with frequent lightning, hail, drenching downpours and damaging winds this evening.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for Surf City, North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border.. A hurricane watch is in effect for Little River Inlet to South of Surf City. Tropical Storm warnings are also in effect for a wide area. Click here for the full list.

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Hurricane Arthur was some 55 miles east-northeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as of 9 p.m.

Arthur’s trajectory doesn’t appear to lead directly into the tri-state area, but it remains a threat for heavy downpours through part of the July 4TH holiday. Rainfall amounts will be about 1 to 2 inches. Depending on where the heavy bands of rain develop, there could be a few spots that get well over 2 inches of precipitation. The Weather Service has issued Flash Flood Watches for most of the area with the exception of Fairfield, Nassau and Suffolk County

Winds are not expected to be that much of an issue. However, Arthur will kick up the surf and create dangerous rip currents on East Coast beaches. High surf advisory has been issued for the ocean facing shores of the area. Seas could swell as high as 6-10 feet as the storm passes south and east of us.

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Expect the weather in New York to improve by late afternoon Friday, which is good news for fireworks spectators hoping to see the dazzling Fourth of July displays.