Tropical Storm Arthur is now a hurricane and the National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for Pasquotank, Camden and Currituck counties.
As of 5 a.m. today, Hurricane Arthur’s center was approximately 390 miles south-southwest of the town of Duck. Arthur is reported to be moving north at approximately 9 mph, with wind speeds of 75 mph.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Chowan and Perquimans counties.
Local Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders said today that the Pasquotank-Camden area should be far enough away and on the wrong side of Arthur for winds to reach hurricane speeds.
Sustained winds will increase to 25 mph to 30 mph, with gusts possibly peaking at 45 mph to 50 mph, Saunders said.
These winds will occur from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, she said.
Rainfall amounts of 1 1/2 to two inches are possible, with the heaviest rainfall being at the same time as the peak winds, she said.
The weather officials said the main concern continues to be about the potential for heavy rainfall and minor flooding.
In Currituck, officials reminded residents that there are no pre-storm shelters set up in the county.
Residents with generators were advised to make sure they are properly fueled and not to operate them inside enclosed areas such as garages. They also were advised to have emergency supplies ready in case they lose power. Outages can be reported to Dominion Power at 1-866-DOM-HELP.
With hurricane-force winds expected in some areas, residents were further advised to secure any loose items outside such as lawn furniture.