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AAA  Jul. 4, 2014 3:19 AM ET
Arthur zeroes in on NC coast for July 4 holiday
By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, July 4, 2014 at 01:45 a.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Arthur rolling across the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where hurricane conditions were reported early on the morning of the 4th. Arthur will continue on a northeastward trek Friday into Saturday, producing flooding rain and damaging wind gusts over much of the coastal Northeast, in addition to the Canadian Maritimes. Meanwhile, a cold front was responsible for a band of clouds and thunderstorms over the Northeast. Much of the rest of the eastern U.S. was clear as high pressure was building into the region. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
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(AP) — The center of Hurricane Arthur is moving near North Carolina's coast early Friday after slashing into the state's barrier islands just ahead of Independence Day, forcing thousands to flee and much of the East Coast to shuffle holiday celebrations.

Arthur strengthened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph Thursday evening before passing over the southern end of the Outer Banks — a 200-mile string of narrow barrier islands with about 57,000 permanent residents. The islands are susceptible to high winds, rough seas and road-clogging sands, prompting an exodus that began Wednesday night.

The storm turned slightly west late Thursday, increasing the threat to mainland communities.

After passing over North Carolina, Hurricane Arthur is expected to weaken as it travels northward and dump rain along the East Coast.

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