KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) -- Hurricane Arthur has made landfall near the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Arthur reached land about 11:15 p.m. Thursday between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina.
Arthur was a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph).
The storm was located about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was moving northeast at 18 mph (30 kph).
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) -- Forecasters say the odds are increasing that Hurricane Arthur will actually make landfall. But they say even if that doesn't happen, coastal North Carolina is going to feel the impact overnight and tomorrow.
They expect Arthur to speed up to a Category 2 storm and pass over or near the Outer Banks early in the day -- bringing rain, heavy winds, storm surge and dangerous rip currents. Its top sustained winds are currently clocked at 90 miles an hour.
The timing is bad for the state's Outer Banks -- where tourism officials had expected 250,000 visitors for the holiday weekend. But North Carolina's governor says it still should be a "beautiful weekend" after the storm passes tomorrow.
And some of the people who are vacationing this week in the Outer Banks are planning to ride out the hurricane. A Virginia man who was on the beach today said he didn't see any reason to disrupt his family's vacation.
A hurricane warning is in effect for much of the North Carolina coast.
Arthur prompts Nantucket, Cape Cod storm warnings
MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for Nantucket Island and parts of Cape Cod in Massachusetts as Hurricane Arthur approaches.
A forecast map from the National Hurricane Center in Miami indicates that the center of the storm isn't likely to pass New England until late Friday or early Saturday.
Arthur is expected to grow to a Category 2 storm with winds of 96 mph before it passes over or near the North Carolina coast by early Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, the storm was a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 kph). Its center was located about 185 miles (300 km) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.