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Hurricane Arthur ruining July Fourth for 250,000 N.C. beachgoers
Hurricane Arthur ruining July Fourth for 250,000 N.C. beachgoers

North Carolina’s fragile Outer Banks braced Thursday for what the local tourism industry hopes will be a glancing blow from Hurricane Arthur that will disrupt Fourth of July holiday plans, but not cause major damage or upheaval. Arthur developed from a tropical storm into a Category One hurricane Thursday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm is not expected to make landfall, but the National Weather Service warned of heavy rains, coastal flooding, high winds and a storm surge of two to four feet. Sustained winds will likely exceed 96 mph at the height of the storm early Friday morning and become a Category Two hurricane, forecasters said. Arthur is the first...

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