Q&A: Arthur's aftermath
Posted July 3
Updated July 4
Is there any serious storm damage?
Despite a series of tornado warnings across the eastern third of the state throughout Thursday evening, no serious storm damage was reported before daybreak Friday.
A tornado touched down in Duplin County, damaging three homes there, and some signs and awnings were blown around in Weldon.
Duke Energy was reporting thousands of customers without power, especially in Carteret and New Hanover counties.
"I am especially worried for our communities along the Pamlico Sound," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "They could be seeing a good bit of flooding."
What's next for the Outer Banks?
Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane, according to FEMA. It poses a significant threat for drowning and can occur before, during or after the center of a storm passes through an area.
One of the biggest threats for Wilmington-area beaches is going to be rip currents. The threat for bigger surf and stronger winds may be along the Outer Banks beaches. There could be more sound-side flooding than ocean-side.
How is access to coastal communities?
Emergency management officials are limiting access in Dare County. A curfew is in effect for Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo until 6 a.m. to allow time for the worst of the storm to pass.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued Wednesday for residents and visitors of Hatteras Island.
A voluntary evacuation is also in place for Ocracoke Island.
The state Department of Transportation suspended operations Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry and on routes between Ocracoke-Swan Quarter and Ocracoke-Cedar Island. Ferry service will resume as soon at conditions allow.
Gov. Pat McCrory said DOT officials were prepared for overwash on N.C. Highway 12.
When did the storm make landfall?
The eye wall of Hurricane Arthur came ashore at Morehead City just before 11 p.m. with maximum wind gusts up to 100 mph and sustained winds of 67 mph. The storm was headed NE at 18 mph and was expected to pick up speed and continue to move away from North Carolina through the night.
Where can I find a storm shelter?
The Red Cross is operating shelters away from the North Carolina coast for residents and tourists who left coastal areas and for those who see power loss or property damage from the storm.
The following shelters allow pets:
- Burgaw Middle School, 500 S. Wright St.
- Jacksonville Commons Middle School, 315 S. Commons Drive
- Newport Middle School, 500 E Chatham St.
Other shelters are available at:
- Swansboro High School, 161 Queens Creek Road
- Dixon Middle School, 200 Dixon School Road in Holly Ridge
- Northside High School, 7868 Free Union Church Road in Pinetown
- Southside High School, 5700 N. NC Highway 33 in Chocowinity
- Bend D. Quinn Elementary School, 4373 Highway 17 South in New Bern
- Vanceboro Farmlife School, 2000 Farmlife Road
- Havelock High School, 101 Webb Blvd.
- Brinson Memorial Elementary, 319 Neuse Forest Ave. in New Bern
- Pamlico County-Pamlico County Community College, 5049 Highway 306 South in Grantsboro
Residents should bring pillows, blankets, water, food, medication and chargers for electronic devices. Where shelters allow pets, owners are asked to bring restraints, pet food and material for pet waste cleanup.
Will Fourth of July celebrations be canceled?
Some events have already been canceled or postponed. Check out the full list.
Friday should see clear skies and pleasant conditions along the coast and across much of the state. There is no reason for additional cancellations of fireworks displays and other celebrations – at the coast or inland, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
What's the forecast look like for the weekend?
Behind the storm, pleasant weather is on the way for much of North Carolina. Temperatures will be cooler, with lower humidity and clear skies. WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast
Can I get a refund on my beach rental property?
The North Carolina Attorney General's Office says landlords are required under state law to provide a written agreement that spells out the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant. That usually includes information about cancellation policies and travel insurance.
If you’re ordered to leave as part of a mandatory evacuation, the Attorney General's Office, says, and you were not given a chance to purchase insurance, the landlord is required to refund your money for each night you can’t stay at the rental property.
If you are offered that insurance and choose not to buy it, the landlord does not have to refund your money – even if there is a mandatory evacuation.
The same goes if you miss out on a couple of days, are unhappy that a walkway or pool is no longer usable or just decide that you don't want to go because of damage nearby.
Without rental insurance, don't expect compensation.
Many landlords are willing to work with tenants by either giving them credit for a future stay or switching dates, but you should check in advance.