Arthur gaining strength, expected to track off the coast

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 05:17 PM.

Arthur is the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, one that forecasters had predicted would be at or below average for the number of storms.

Arthur comes less than a week after a severe thunderstorm Friday dropped nearly 3 inches of rain in about two hours in the Havelock area, causing minor flooding and stranding motorists.

The National Weather Service in Newport issued a flood advisory for the area as well as a special weather statement about the thunderstorm that moved into the area shortly after noon on Friday.

Some hail and high winds were reported with the storm.

Havelock police had to block parts of Trader Avenue and Park Lane as city crews attempted to keep storm drains clear. During the peak of the storm, a vehicle stranded on Park Lane had water up to its windows. Some flooding was reported on Brown Boulevard, and drainage ditches backed up into yards in several neighborhoods.

Lightning caused some power outages in the area, and Havelock police officers were directing traffic for a time around flooded areas.

Areas of Cherry Point also had sporadic power outages, but there were no significant negative impacts from the storm on base, according to a base spokesman.

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