North Carolina governor says don't be "stupid" with hurricane
Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 01:04
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory warns citizens not to ''put your stupid hat on'' as hurricane Arthur's outer bands approach. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Hurricane Arthur, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday (July 3) as its outer bands reached North Carolina, where thousands of vacationers scrubbed their July Fourth holiday beach plans and evacuated low-lying barrier islands in the storm's path. Governor Pat McCrory assured residents that the state was well prepared to handle the Category 1 storm.
"I've mentioned this before to citizens - don't put your stupid hat on. But I also want to talk to the media. We need the media to help inform you, but I don't want the media to pull a Dan Rather on us," McCrory said, referring to a former network anchor who became the first TV correspondent to report from the center of a storm in 1961.
Hurricane Arthur was about 150 miles (240 km) south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), U.S. forecasters said.
Moving faster at 9 mph (15 kph), the center of the Category 1 hurricane was expected to brush close to the North Carolina Outer Banks late Thursday and early Friday (July 4), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Tourists and some residents packed ferries and crowded the only highway off Ocracoke and Hatteras islands, where voluntary and mandatory evacuations were in effect in anticipation of worsening weather conditions.
The worst of Arthur's winds were expected to remain offshore, forecasters said. But the storm could bring gusty squalls, heavy rain, life-threatening rip currents and a storm surge of up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) to North Carolina's barrier islands.
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