A pilot has posted on Twitter describing the noise of 'car alarms and trees snapping' amid a power outage in the eye of Hurricane Arthur, while earlier an astronaut posted an image of the eye of the storm.
Hurricane Arthur "makes landfall" on the North Carolina coast, according to the US National Hurricane Center. The center of Arthur hit at about 3.15am GMT near Cape Lookout at the southern end of the Outer Banks withwinds gusting to 101 mph (163 kph) the Miami-based forecasters said.
The US National Hurricane Center has said that Hurricane Arthur was upgraded to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour).
Arthur was fast approaching the coastline of North Carolina and expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday morning, forecasters said as weather conditions deteriorated in the Outer Banks, where vacationers were forced to evacuate on the eve of the July 4 holiday.
The eye of hurricane Arthur is now 35 miles from the coast of North Carolina and the core of the system is expected to pass near or over the coast and the outer banks tonight, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said,
It was located about 35 miles south of Cape Fear, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour the NHC said.