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Hurricane Arthur: The Carolinas wait for glancing blow on Independence Day

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Vacationers leave as Arthur approaches


RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) - Thousands of vacationers and residents are leaving parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Arthur draws nearer.

The hurricane is expected to give that part of the coast a glancing blow tomorrow on Independence Day. It's not expected to make landfall, but it's expected to swipe the coast early tomorrow with winds of up to 85 miles an hour. Forecasters believe it will be off the coast of New England later in the day, eventually making landfall in Canada's maritime provinces as a tropical storm.
   
A National Hurricane Center forecaster says Outer Banks residents and visitors who fail to leave ahead of the hurricane's expected arrival should prepare for possibly getting stuck for several days without food, water or power.
   
Hatteras Island is under a mandatory evacuation order for visitors and residents. Officials are asking an estimated 35,000 people to leave through the only road on and off the island.

One couple had loaded up their car and left Hatteras Island at 3:30 a.m. today to beat the expected traffic jam. Nichole Specht and Ryan Witman found the road wide open for their return home to Pennsylvania.

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Outer bands of Hurricane Arthur start reaching parts of North Carolina

MIAMI (AP) - Arthur has strengthened to a hurricane in the Atlantic, where it threatens to deliver the Carolinas a glancing blow on Independence Day.   

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Thursday morning were 80 mph (130 kph). The storm's outer bands have started to reach southern parts of North Carolina.
    
Hurricane warnings on the state's coast stretch from Surf City to the Virginia border.
    
Arthur is centered about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving north near 9 mph (15 kph).
    
The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has prompted a mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors on the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island. A voluntary evacuation is underway on Ocracoke Island.
    
Up the East Coast, worries of weather from Arthur have prompted some cities to delay fireworks and other July Fourth festivities. Forecasters warn of rain, wind and potentially life-threatening rip tides.

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