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Hurricane Arthur delivers glancing blow

Created: 07/04/2014 10:54 AM
By: Sarah Dallof, NBC News

(NBC News) -- Hurricane Arthur delivered a quick and powerful punch to North Carolina's Outer Banks overnight.

The storm intensified before making landfall, arriving as a Category 2 storm with winds topping 100 miles per hour.

The storm battered beach houses overnight and into the early morning hours, rattling some of the estimated 250,000 visitors to the area.

Hatteras Island was under a mandatory evacuation order. Ocracoke's was voluntary. Many opted to stay and ride out the storm.

Homeowners were up early to survey the damage.  They flooded roads in Manteo, missing shingles and debris in other areas.

North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory described the damage as minimal and praised people for heeding warnings to stay inside and out of the water where dangerous rip currents were a recipe for disaster.

Read more: NBC News

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