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Outer bands of Hurricane Arthur start reaching parts of North Carolina

RODANTHE, NC - JULY 03:  Bill Kirk of Ashland Ky. carries his belongings from the beach house he rented, before complying with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Mark Wilson, 2014 Getty Images)
Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer Banks (Mark Wilson, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/03 6:12 am

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 visitors to the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island. Residents also are advised to leave.

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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