Hurricane Arthur hits NC as category 2

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Hurricane Arthur right now:

Arthur hit the North Carolina outer banks as a category 2 hurricane while you were sleeping last night. At this hour it's churning over the northern end of the North Carolina coast. Eleven counties have declared a State of Emergency: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Tyrrell.

We have live team coverage this morning so you can get the most accurate look at the storm's impact. WBTV's Kristen Hampton and Mark Davenport are on the coast right now. They have video of the hurricane's intensity when it hit and live looks at what residents will be waking up to this morning.

The weather got pretty bad in Charlotte and surrounding areas. We told you that could happen and it did. We'll show you the downed trees and damage left behind from the severe weather.

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