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Minor damage reported; State Emergency Operations Center moves to deactivation

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - North Carolina’s Emergency Operations Center has moved to recovery operations as Hurricane Arthur travels north and well east of the mid-Atlantic coast.

They’ve dropped to an activation level four with anticipation of returning to normal operations by this evening.

The agency says lingering effects will still be felt along the coast for the rest of the day. Rip currents remain a threat, and moderate storm surge effects continue in the sounds and rivers.

As of 1:30 p.m., about 19,000 customers were still without power in coastal counties. Beaufort, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Tyrell counties are under a State of Emergency. All shelters have closed.

“Details are still coming in about the amount of damage along the coast,” Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said. “The state will continue to work with its federal, state and local partners to assess the damage, provide resources and help with recovery efforts.”

Governor Pat McCrory urged residents and visitors to get out and enjoy themselves.

“It will be a beautiful weekend so get out and enjoy our beaches,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “Hurricane Arthur produced heavy rains and strong winds, but we are fortunate to have seen minimal impact to our North Carolina’s coastal communities and beaches. We are thankful that our visitors and citizens were kept safe during this storm, and I urge continued caution to beachgoers in regard to the potential for strong rip currents in the days ahead.”

For more information about how to get ready for a hurricane and what to do during or after a storm, go to ReadyNC.org. You can also download the free ReadyNC app – available for both iPhone and android devices – which has real time weather, traffic and shelter information.
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