Beaufort County has dodged the proverbial bullet, and suffered only minor damage as Hurricane Arthur developed into a Category 2 storm, churned through the Pamlico Sound, and then, in the dead of darkness, exited the Outer Banks at Bodie Island Light Station. Remarkably, Beaufort County seems so close to the outer banks, as the county is located within the Pamlico estuary, but fortunately far enough away too keep this powerful storm at bay.
Beaufort County Manager Randell Woodruff officially commented, "From the EOC It appears this morning the County survived the hurricane very well with damage limited mainly to downed trees. We have a few power outages in the eastern end near Aurora. John and his team have done a great job as usual. All folks have left the two shelters."
BCN followed the storm
and continued to post until late into the night, stopping for sleep when it did appear that Hurricane Arthur would continue north by east, with the strongest winds on the east side of the storm. The storm's last position revealed that the storm was exiting Core Sound into Pamlico Sound, where it appears that this speedy storm picked up even more steam as it exited south of Nags Head at about 20 miles per hour.
There will be more on the damage assessments along the outer banks later.
did not move any where near that fast and the damage was extensive.
In this rare case of assault by Hurricane, Beaufort County dodged the bullet, and folks, here Downeast, know just how powerful that bullet can be.
Unfortunately, the Outer Banks: beginning at Cape Lookout, with speeds as much as 101 mile per hour, to Rodanthe, Where Hwy 12 suffered extensive damage and a bridge was severely damaged.
The position of Hurricane Arthur as of 9:45 pm, July 4, 2014: Above.