Last night, hurricane Arthur became the first Category 2 storm to make U.S. landfall since Ike in 2008. The storm touched down at Shackleford Banks, North Carolina with 100 mph winds and fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported.
Arthur has now weakened to Category 1 status with top winds around 90 mph. High wind shear and cool water temperatures will cause the storm to weaken further as it travels north towards Nova Scotia. There will be little further impact to the U.S.- although some parts of Cape Cod and Nantucket may feel tropical storm force winds as Arthur moves past those areas.
CATS have been declared in North Carolina, but claim counts are not clear yet. While Arthur did make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, the impact was not as bad as one might expect from a storm of that intensity.
In the coming days we will have more information on the damages from Arthur. We will keep you posted!
Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day~