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Tropical Storm Arthur threatens U.S. East Coast

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:01

Tropical Storm Arthur is challenging Fourth of July holiday plans, as officials close beaches, tourist sites and reschedule fireworks in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Beach goers are getting their sun and surf in now… because Thursday could be a different story. Tropical Storm Arthur is threatening to douse holiday plans with wind and rain along the East Coast. These waves are getting larger, but it's not all good news for Florida's surfers: (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAX BEACH OCEAN RESCUE, LT. TIMOTHY KLINE, SAYING: "You try to swim it ashore and you get caught. It's almost like swimming in one of those infinity pools or like running on a treadmill. You're just not getting anywhere." Beaches and tourist sites are closing. Fireworks are being rescheduled in anticipation of wet weather. And warnings ring out: (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR PAT MCCRORY, SAYING: "Don't put your stupid hat on. Usually most injuries occur right before a storm or right after a storm." And if this umbrella is any indication, residents will have to hold onto their hats. The Outer Banks of North Carolina could feel the worst of Arthur's punch. According to forecast maps, Arthur could be packing hurricane force winds of 85 mph when it touches the Carolinas on Thursday and Friday.

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Tropical Storm Arthur threatens U.S. East Coast

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:01