RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Arthur is long gone after hammering parts of the North Carolina coast with strong winds and rain, according to WTVD-TV.
The storm became a Category 2 hurricane shortly after hitting the coast late Thursday, but was downgraded to a Category 1 storm Friday morning. It has now been downgraded again to a tropical storm as it approaches Nova Scotia.
Officials said Arthur reached land at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday between Cape Lookout and Beaufort.
At the height of the storm, about 20 to nearly 30 foot waves were reported off Hatteras Island.
At a news conference Friday morning, Gov. Pat McCrory said there were no casualties or serious injuries related to the hurricane.
“That puts a big smile on all our faces,” he told reporters.
The governor said the lack of major damage means the beaches are open for the 4th of July weekend.
“I’ve put on my beach shirt,” he said. “It’s time to celebrate Independence Day.”
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