Hurricane Arthur threatens July 4 holiday plans

Hurricane Arthur threatens July 4 holiday plans

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The tropical storm that formed off central Florida earlier this week became a hurricane early Thursday morning. Hurricane Arthur is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. 

North Carolina is bracing for the storm to skim the Outer Banks as a Category 1 hurricane with up to five inches of rain and sustained winds of 85 miles an hour. On Thursday morning, Arthur had sustained winds at a maximum of 80 miles per hour. 

As it moves northward, Arthur is bringing heavy rain, flooding, rough surf, rip currents and thunderstorms to the Tristate, just in time for the 4th of July holiday.

Thunderstorms are possible across the Tristate on Thursday and into the overnight hours on Friday.

Arthur is forecast to pass well southeast of Long Island. Eastern Long Island is most likely to see these impacts especially on July 4, reports the National Weather Service New York.

Officials are warning beach goers across the region to beware of the dangers of rip currents, never swim when lifeguards are off duty and obey warning flags that are posted.

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