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www.wmfd.com - While many of us are ramping up preparations for the Fourth of July, people in some parts of the country are being forced to change their plans, thanks to the first-named storm, and now the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, as it barrels up the East Coast. }}" />

   
 
 
Hurricane Arthur Threatens July 4th Festivities

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  Original Published: 7/3/2014

While many of us are ramping up preparations for the Fourth of July, people in some parts of the country are being forced to change their plans, thanks to the first-named storm, and now the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, as it barrels up the East Coast. Here's more on Hurricane 'Arthur.' People along the East Coast are hoping their Fourth of July celebrations stay dry, as 'Arthur' heads their way. The storm teetered around hurricane-strength winds late Wednesday. The potential for high winds and rain prompted officials in Boston to move the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to Thursday, instead of the fourth. So far, the North Carolina coast is the only part of the country that could see hurricane-force winds. Many parts of the state were under a hurricane warning early Thursday. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for Hatteras Island. North Carolina's governor warned those who plan to hit the beach to be smart and stay out of the ocean. "I want to again reiterate: Don't put your stupid hat on," said Governor Pat McCrory. But many in the area don't seem concerned. "We're just prepping, tying down stuff, things that'll fly," says Jenny Payne, a North Carolina resident. "There will be some flooding so we'll move down the street to our other house but other than that we're just going to stay here and ride it out." "Everybody's used to it. They know what to do," says another male resident. "Board up the windows. Category one ain't bad." And for some, nothing says America like a bold sense of adventure. "I've lived long enough to know new experiences are always fun, so you've got to live them," says another man. "And this might be really fun. It might scary, but we're going to find out after a while! Forecasters say Arthur should have moved away from the U.S. Coast by late Saturday. Mostly pleasant weather is expected for the holiday weekend from Florida to Maine.

   
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