Tropical Storm Arthur reached hurricane strength overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center, and continues on its predicted track toward the Pamlico County area at a speed of 11 knots, or 13 miles per hour.
The storm is expcted to reach a Category 2 level with winds of from 96 to 110 miles per hour by the time it passes east of Pamlico County overnight. Storm surge for parts of Pamlico are projected to be about 3 feet, more than enough to flood low-lying areas and cause problems at some marinas.
Persistent winds of 35 to 40 miles an hour, dangerous in themselves, with gusts of 65 are expected for the county as the storm moves along the North Carolina coast.
The center of the storm is expected to approach very near the eastern edges of the Outer Banks, if not over them, putting Pamlico County well within a danger zone for deadly winds and intense, heavy rainfall.
Hurricane-force winds can extend up to 25 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm winds of from 39 to 73 miles per hour may stretch as far as 115 miles from the center.