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NC Official: Power Outages At 41,500 After Storm

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Businesses on two of North Carolina's barrier islands hoped to salvage the rest of the holiday weekend after Arthur clipped the state without causing major damage before churning north toward Canada and losing strength early Saturday morning.  (credit: NOAA via Getty Images)

Businesses on two of North Carolina’s barrier islands hoped to salvage the rest of the holiday weekend after Arthur clipped the state without causing major damage before churning north toward Canada and losing strength early Saturday morning. (credit: NOAA via Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Local and state officials say tens of thousands of people are without power now that Hurricane Arthur has left the state.

State Emergency Operations spokesman Rick Martinez said as of Friday morning, 41,500 customers remain without power because of Arthur. He said Carteret County had 11,000 outages, the most of any county.

Several utilities provide electricity to coastal North Carolina, including Duke Energy, Dominion Power and ElectriCities. Tideland EMC said on its Facebook page that it likely will be Sunday before power is fully restored on Ocracoke Island.

Transportation Department officials said on their Facebook page they haven’t been able to assess damage on N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island. The Bonner Bridge which connects the island to the rest of the state also must be inspected before it’s reopened.

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