Hurricane Arthur hit Eastern North Carolina overnight, leaving parts of Havelock without power.
Havelock officials declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew until 6 a.m. on Friday.
Arthur, with 100 mph winds, made landfall shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday in the Cape Lookout and Harker’s Island area of Carteret County, and it was a record-breaker, becoming the earliest hurricane to hit North Carolina since records began in 1851, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Power outages were reported late Thursday in Tucker Creek, Cherry Branch and Adams Creek. Havelock High School, serving as a Red Cross shelter, also did not have power. Parts of eastern Havelock also lost power, including areas around Roosevelt, Cunningham, Fontana and McCotter boulevards as well as Webb Boulevard and Charles Street. Power outages had spread to parts of western Havelock by 12:30 a.m. on Friday.
Cherry Point reported a peak wind gust of 62 mph as of midnight.
The Havelock Fire Department responded to a blown transformer on Chestnut Street.
Craven County opened four emergency shelters at Havelock High, Vanceboro Farm Life, Brinson Elementary and Ben Quinn Elementary (pet friendly). Newport Middle School opened as a shelter in Carteret County.
The quick-moving storm – Arthur was moving northeast at 18 mph when it made landfall - meant improving conditions by daybreak.
Trash pickup is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Friday in Havelock and continue through Saturday. Recycling pickup is now scheduled for Saturday. City residents who have any tree limbs or yard debris from the storm can place the items along the street for pickup beginning on Monday.
The storm comes just as many are preparing for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Officials are telling residents and visitors who may be planning trips to the coast to pay attention to weather forecasts and advisories issued through the hurricane center, National Weather Service and local emergency management authorities.
Because of the storm, Havelock postponed its Fourth of July Freedom Festival until Saturday. The event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and concludes with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. at Havelock City Park and Walter B. Jones Park.
The U.S. Forest Service closed campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest, affecting holiday campers at the Cedar Point, Flanners Beach and Oyster Point areas. Some day-use areas of the forest will also be closed during the duration of the storm, but roads in the forest should stay open.
Cape Lookout National Seashore also closed.
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 was moving so quickly that the weather service expects mostly sunny skies by Friday afternoon and for Saturday and Sunday with high temperatures in the middle 80s, though wave heights and the threat of rip currents could remain high at the beaches, especially north of Cape Lookout.