KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) - Hurricane Arthur is moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks after slashing into the state's barrier islands overnight.
Duke Energy says about 22,000 are without power across the Carolinas early Friday.
Arthur strengthened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph Thursday evening before passing over the southern end of the Outer Banks - a 200-mile string of narrow barrier islands with about 57,000 permanent residents. The islands are susceptible to high winds, rough seas and road-clogging sands, prompting an exodus that began Wednesday night.
As of 5 a.m. EDT Friday, the hurricane is centered about 20 miles east of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and is moving northeast near 23 mph.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.