- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Crews have quickly restored power in most places in North Carolina after Hurricane Arthur left the state’s coast.

As the storm moved away from the Outer Banks early Friday, state officials said about 41,000 customers were without power. But by the afternoon, Duke Energy and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives said less than 9,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.

Duke Energy expects to restore power to all its customers except hardest hit Morehead City by the end of Friday. Tideland EMC said on its Facebook page that it likely will be Sunday before power is fully restored on Ocracoke Island.

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