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Hurricane Arthur Threatens East Coast's Independence Day

Cassie Paton |
July 3, 2014 | 12:14 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Arthur will hit North Carolina the hardest on the 4th of July. (Twitter/@Newsweek)
Arthur will hit North Carolina the hardest on the 4th of July. (Twitter/@Newsweek)
Just in time to dampen the upcoming holiday, Hurricane Arthur is gaining strength along the East Coast with wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. Currently a Category 1 storm, Arthur is expected to pick up speed and intensify to a Category 2 classification by Friday, according to Fox News.

Currently, Arthur is centered near Cape Hatteras, N.C., which was under a mandatory evacuation order. 

Arthur is the first named storm of the Atlantic's hurricane season, which lasts from early June through late November. The storm is expected to hit the coast of North Carolina the hardest for the Fourth of July, meaning firework cancellations are likely.

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