Hurricane Arthur has made its way to sea, but not before it took the worst possible path for the Outer Banks.

“With the motion of the storm–in addition to the winds–the resulting wind is even strong on the right side of the storm,” says National Weather Service Meteorologist Katie Dedeaux. “That is the side that pounded the Outer Banks this morning.”

***Dedeaux Spoke with WCHL’s Ron Stutts Friday Morning***

Arthur made landfall at 11:51 p.m. Thursday as a category 2 storm with maximum wind gusts of 101 miles per hour. By the 5:00 a.m. update, the storm had sped up to 23 miles per hour heading north-northeast with the help of the jet stream.

Dedeaux says the cold front that moved through the Triangle Thursday night–which also helped move Arthur out of North Carolina quickly–will set up great weather for fireworks at Kenan Stadium Friday.

“We’re going to have some drier and cooler air coming in,” Dedeaux says. “We’re still going to have highs in the mid-80s today, but we’re going to feel noticeably drier than we have in the past couple of days. And actually tonight is going to be very pleasant; we might have lows into the low-60s tonight.”

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