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Outer Banks residents, vacationers weather lashing from Hurricane Arthur

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KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC - Hurricane Arthur made its way through the northern parts of the Outer Banks early Friday morning, peaking between 3 and 5 a.m.

When Arthur was upgraded to a category 2 hurricane last night, fire crews in Kill Devil Hills rode around and knocked on doors, letting people know the risk of the storm and also encouraged them to leave.
    
It’s Jason Pugh's first year in the Outer Banks, though his family comes every year. He says it's incredible how quickly the weather can change from beautiful to terrible.

"Yesterday was awesome,” said Jason Pugh, visiting from VA. “It was great, the sun was out, even when the fire truck came it was nice, we were all sitting on the porch. But they came blowing the horn saying the storm had shifted paths and kind of scared everybody."

Pugh says they decided to stay and rough out the storm and they're glad they did and are looking forward to a beach day Friday and Saturday.

Dare County emergency officials say folks heeded the warning and stayed inside and away from the beach.
   
Though damage assessment is still in the early phases, as of right now, there is no major damage to homes, roads or businesses.

One of the hardest hit areas in the Outer Banks from Hurricane Arthur was the town of Manteo.

Flood waters swept through its downtown and Highway 64 leading from the town to Nags Head. But the flood waters receded quickly.

A Dare County Emergency Management spokeswoman said the county sustained limited damage.
    
Local restaurant owner Paul Charron, whose restaurant only delayed opening by an hour, says folks in the town are resilient.

"Neighbors, friends, even visitors are pitching in to help bunk out the town, and we'll do it again this time,” said Paul Charron, Manteo restaurant owner. “I'm sure there will be plenty of volunteers to go around to make sure the shops that did get affected will get back in. It's a community. It's the best town there is on the Outer Banks."

Also, 9 On Your Side spotted some flooding on Colington Road just outside of Kill Devil Hills. There were also some reports of downed trees in the area.

Since Arthur is out of the way, folks can go on to enjoy their 4th of July holiday weekend.
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