Now a Hurricane, Arthur Heads for the Carolinas
Forget those 4th of July barbecues, NC gov says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2014 4:49 AM CDT
This NOAA image shows Arthur moving north off the east coast of Florida.    (AP Photo/NOAA)

(Newser) – Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today, threatening to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues. "Don't put your stupid hat on," warned Gov. Pat McCrory as the first named storm of the season prompted a hurricane warning for much of the North Carolina coast and a mandatory evacuation for visitors to the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island. In addition to the hurricane warning, tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal areas in South Carolina and Virginia.

The National Hurricane Center predicts Arthur will swipe the coast early tomorrow with winds of up to 85mph. The storm will be off the coast of New England later in the day and will eventually make landfall in Canada's maritime provinces as a tropical storm, the center predicts. "Although the current forecast doesn't indicate this will be a major impact, we are taking it very seriously," says McCrory. "I don't want you to put at risk not only yourself but also people who may try to help you." He has signed executive orders declaring a state of emergency for 25 counties.

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Jul 3, 2014 8:07 AM CDT
"Don't put your stupid hat on" Haha.. Could his elitist disdain for the common citizens he's been elected to serve be more palpable here? Who says that?
Jul 3, 2014 7:37 AM CDT
There is a hurricane headed right for the Carolinas but not everything is as it seems. They desperately need this rain as NC is one of the top ten food producing states in the US. In point of fact, they need them regularly as they haven't had them in years and are in a drought. (you remember that global warming thing where algore predicted thousands of hurricanes and tornadoes, yeah, that has worked out) Lesson from this: EVERYTHING has two sides, usually more. And the TV News never tells you the whole story.
Jul 3, 2014 6:58 AM CDT
When they use a man's name, they should call it a himm icane.