Arthur became the first category 2 (or stronger) hurricane to make landfall in the United States in almost six years. The last Cat 2, Ike, hit the US in 2008.
It is also stronger than any Atlantic hurricane in 2013.
The National Hurricane Center says the center made landfall at about 11:15PM EDT near Shackleford Banks, NC. However, little change in strength is expected in the next few hours and Arthur is still expected to pass over the Outer Banks while accelerating to the north-northeast.
MWatkins 11:51PM EDT 7/3/2014