Arthur Tears Into Coastal Carolina

By CBS News

Published 07/04 2014 04:28AM

Updated 07/04 2014 04:35AM

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- The first hurricane of the Atlantic season made landfall on the North Carolina coast last night packing heavy wind and rain and knocking out power. It forced thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans.

Police in Dare County, North Carolina told people here to stay indoors as Hurricane Arthur came ashore Thursday night...dumping heavy rain and unleashing 100 mile per hour winds.
The first named storm of the season made landfall as a category 2 storm, before midnight...near the southern end of the state's outer banks.

Ahead of the storm, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory put more than two dozen counties under states of emergency.
“We really might not know how extensive the damage might be until mid-morning or even later,” McCrory said.

Arthur is drenching North Carolina and washing out July 4th plans for residents and vacationers here, many of whom evacuated. Some did stay put to ride out the storm.

Police went door to door to take note of who stayed behind.
But Harry Anand and his family, vacationing in Nags Head from northern Virginia, decided to pack it up:
"We saw the state trooper on the road and we asked him and he said it's a mandatory evacuation, so you know. That's when we decided to leave a little early," Anand says.

The impact is felt far beyond North Carolina.
Boston moved its Independence Day festivities up a day .. putting on its annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks show last night.

Arthur is expected to arrive there today as a weaker storm as it continues its path northward.

This is the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Fireworks displays in New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire have been postponed until later in the weekend.

(Susan McGinnis CBS News)

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