By Outer Banks Voice on July 7, 2014
No deaths or injuries directly resulted from Hurricane Arthur’s passage through the area, with reported losses in Dare County amounting to a little less than $2 million.
The hurricane was the first to make landfall in North Carolina on record this early in the season, dating back to 1851. The previous record was July 11, 1901.
Arthur was also the first Category 2 hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since Ike in 2008.
The worst effect from Arthur was the sound-side flooding Friday morning on northern Hatteras Island, along with Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland.
At least 4 feet of water inundated Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, with anywhere from 2 to 4 feet in parts of Avon, Manteo and Manns Harbor.
The water quickly receded, but left a mess to clean up for residents and businesses that had to deal with record-breaking sound-side surge during Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Greta Skeen, Dare County’s damage assessment officer, put reported losses at $1,962,050. Most of the damage was on Hatteras Island — a total of $1.6 million. Of that, $1,365,500 was in Rodanthe.
“Most damage reported was due to soundside flooding; winds causing shingle, siding and roof damage;
and downed trees,” a Dare County statement said Monday. “A total of 145 structures sustained minor damage; 16 had major damage; and none were destroyed.
At the height of the storm, more than 44,000 customers were in the dark in the state. By Sunday, power had been fully restored.
The worst damage to the electric grid was in Ocracoke, where 45 power poles had to be repaired or replaced. That delayed reopening the island to visitors to Sunday morning.
Inland, impacts from Hurricane Arthur were minimal. Tornado warnings were issued in several counties north of the Albemarle Sound just prior to the storm making landfall near Cape Lookout.
One home was damaged in Hertford County northwest of Ahoskie, possibly by a short-lived tornado. No other damage was reported to the National Weather Service.
The peak wind gust was 101 mph at Cape Lookout.
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