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Arthur becomes first hurricane of 2014 Atlantic season

Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 01:14

Tropical Storm Arthur becomes the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season after sparking evacuations, closing beaches and disrupting July 4th celebrations along parts of the East Coast. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Tropical storm Arthur officially became a hurricane early this morning, packing hurricane force winds some 200 miles off the coast of the Carolinas. It's moving north, about 9 miles an hour, but is expected to turn toward the northeast on Thursday with increasing speed. SOUNDBITE: ROBERT L. OUTTEN, DARE COUNTY MANAGER, SAYING: "Get indoors, stay indoors. The weather's going to be bad it's going to be blowing hard, it's going to be raining hard, there's not going to be anything for you to do outside so stay indoors." On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, beaches are closed. The Governor's declared a state of emergency and some mandatory evacuations are in place. SOUNDBITE: Evacuee Nancy Miller SAYING: "If it's mandatory, you have to go, so, there is no decision to make." When Arthur's outer bands brush the Carolinas on Thursday and Friday, it could be packing Category 1 hurricane-force winds of 85 mph. Not good news for coastal communities, from the Carolinas up to even Boston, that are rescheduling their July 4 celebrations because of the hurricane. SOUNDBITE: ROBERT L. OUTTEN, DARE COUNTY MANAGER, SAYING: "There's never any good time for a hurricane this certainly isn't one." Arthur is the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Season. Forecasters say the storm could also cause dangerous rip currents, rainfall, fierce winds, and flooding along coastal areas of Southern states.

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Arthur becomes first hurricane of 2014 Atlantic season

Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 01:14

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