Hurricane warning issued for swath of North Carolina

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Hurricane warning issued for swath of North Carolina
Water from Hurricane Arthur buckled a section of North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, seen in a Friday, July 4, 2014 photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is the same spot on Hatteras Island that was breached in Hurricane Irene in 2011. Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, but the weather along the narrow barrier islands had already cleared by Friday afternoon (AP Photo/North Carolina Department of Transportation)
Water from Hurricane Arthur buckled a section of North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, seen in a Friday, July 4, 2014 photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is the same spot on Hatteras Island that was breached in Hurricane Irene in 2011. Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, but the weather along the narrow barrier islands had already cleared by Friday afternoon (AP Photo/North Carolina Department of Transportation)
Vehicles navigate a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A military vehicle and a man navigate a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road while Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
People walk along a flooded street near the waterfront in Manteo, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014 after Hurricane Arthur passed through the area leaving some roads underwater. Hurricane Arthur began moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday after hitting the state's barrier islands overnight, creating a Fourth of July holiday that saw flooding and tens of thousands of power outages. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Police watch a flooded area as a vehicle navigates Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road while Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Vehicles navigate a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Duke Energy's Jason Pearce, top, and Brandon Hicks repair a power line to a home in Beaufort, N.C., after it was downed by a fallen tree during Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Douglass Godette cleans up debris from his yard in Beaufort, N.C., caused by Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
A boater ponders his predicament after his boat is beached on Carrot Island in Beaufort, N.C., after being ripped loose in the winds of Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Jerry Johnson, left, and Sylvester Johnson, right, do the Good Samaritan thing and clear a downed tree from a neighbor's yard in Beaufort, N.C., following a visit from Hurricane Arthur, on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
North Carolina residents don't intend to let a hurricane spoil their holiday weekend as a sign announces a parade on Atlantic Beach following Hurricane Arthur on Friday, July 4, 2014. After looking quite threatening the day before, the region sustained only minimal damage, and many folks were ready to enjoy the holiday weekend as the weather cleared rapidly Friday. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
NAGS HEAD, NC - JULY 04: No swimming flags are posted due to the heavy surf left by Hurricane Arthur, July 4, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane Arthur hit North Carolina's outer banks overnight causing wide spead power outages, flooding and damage, and has since weakened to a Category 1 as of Friday morning. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NAGS HEAD, NC - JULY 03: A man fishes from the Nags Head Pier as fog and heavy surf roll in, on July 3, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Hurricane Arthur. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 3: In this handout provided by the NASA, Hurricane Arthur is seen from the International Space Staion as it moves up the U.S. East Coast on July 3, 2014. According to reports, Arthur will continue to strengthen and will reach a category two in strength prior to landfall as early as the evening on July 3. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
A sign at the Outer Banks Motor Lodge displays a message in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bill Peters, innkeeper at the Cypress House Inn in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., prepares to raise a hurricane warning flag Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Map shows hurricane path projection
A lifeguard speaks with beachgoers in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A lifeguard monitors the beach in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by Hatteras Island on Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about Hurricane Arthur's impact on the metropolitan area on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at City Hall in New York. Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, threatened to upend Americans' plans for Friday's Independence Day holiday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
UNITED STATES - JULY 3: In this handout provided by the NASA, Hurricane Arthur is seen from the International Space Staion as it moves up the U.S. East Coast on July 3, 2014. According to reports, Arthur will continue to strengthen and will reach a category two in strength prior to landfall as early as the evening on July 3. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 03: Daniel Brown, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, is seen reflected in a television screen as he tracks Hurricane Arthur, the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The National Hurricane Center forecasters predict this hurricane could be a Category 2 when it reaches the North Carolina coast area throughout the day from July 3, 2014 to July 4, 2014. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 03: Daniel Brown, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks Hurricane Arthur, the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecasters predict this hurricane could be a Category 2 when it reaches the North Carolina coast area throughout the day from July 3, 2014 to July 4, 2014. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur being closely monitored with GOES imagery taken midday on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
AP10ThingsToSee - Kevin Taylor, of Savannah, Ga., checks out the waves on the north beach of Tybee Island as Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the East Coast, early Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beachgoers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Kevin Taylor of Savannah, Ga., heads out to surf the waves on the north beach of Tybee Island as Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the East Coast, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Senior Lifeguard Jerry Hazellief watches for rip currents from Hurricane Arthur from his lifeguard tower on the beach on Tybee Island, Ga., Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Senior Lifeguard Todd Horne, right, and Mark Eichenlaub, left, hang a yellow flag that warns swimmer of strong rip currents from Hurricane Arthur along the beach, on Tybee Island, Ga., Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
With the United Nations and Tudor City in the foreground, lightning strikes in the sky over the East River as a major storm approaches New York City July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur, the first of the Atlantic hurricane season, gathered strength July 20, 2014 and would likely reach hurricane strength over the next couple of days. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Senior Lifeguard Todd Horne writes information on tides and rip currents from Hurricane Arthur to warn swimmers on the beach on, Tybee Island, Ga., Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
The light house on Tybee Island, Ga., shines in the pre dawn sky as Hurricane Arthur missed Georgia its way up the East Coast, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
RODANTHE, NC - JULY 03: Jim Sullivan of Fredericksburg Va. breaks down his campsite while his wife (L) Amy Sullivan and daughter Stephanie (2nd-L) help, at the KOA Capmground to complying with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
RODANTHE, NC - JULY 03: Joey Haywood of Troy, NC. and his son Dawson Haywood fold up the families tent at a campsite before departing the KOA Capmground to comply with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
RODANTHE, NC - JULY 03: A truck pulling a travel trailer pulls out of the KOA Capmground to comply with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OERGON INLET, NC - JULY 03: A vehicle drives north on Hwy 12 due to mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur, July 3, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a catagory 1 hurricane when it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
PEA ISLAND, NC - JULY 03: Vehicles drive north on Hwy 12 due to mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur, July 3, 2014 in Pea Island, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a catagory 1 hurricane when it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur being closely monitored with GOES AVN infrared imagery taken late on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014 into Thursday, July 3, 2014.

CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Vehicles drive off the ferry from Ocracoke Island due to a mandatory evacuation because of the approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur is fast approaching North Carolina's Outer Banks and is expected to gain strength and become a category 1 hurricane before it passes the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Stephen Hunter Hicks surfs near the Hatteras Pier, damaged in previous hurricanes, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a Category 1 hurricane as it enters the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Stephen Hunter Hicks surfs near the Hatteras Pier, damaged in previous hurricanes, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a Category 1 hurricane as it enters the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur being closely monitored with GOES infrared imagery taken in the mid-afternoon on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014.
Map shows tropical storm projection; 2c x 2 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 63 mm;
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: A sign reads campground closed at Cape Hatteres camp grounds, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. All Cape Hatteras National Seashore camp grounds closed at noon today due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur moving toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Vehicles drive off the ferry from Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: People wait at their vehicles for the ferry to go to Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Koby Cooper (L) and Colby Atkins of Charleston WV. play in the surf near the old damaged Hatteras Pier, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A Hurrican watch has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Surfer Nick Haven looks for a place to surf near the old damaged Hatteras Pier, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A Hurricane watch has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Sea Gulls sit on top of vehicle that is waiting for the ferry to go to Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Vehicles drive off the ferry from Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
MIRLO BEACH, NC - JULY 02: A motor home heads north on Hwy 12 on July 2, 2014 in Mirlo Beach, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
MIRLO BEACH, NC - JULY 02: Surveyor Jason Rappe uses GPS technology to measure dunes for a upcoming dune replenishment project, on July 2, 2014 in Mirlo Beach, North Carolina. The region is preparing for tropical storm Arthur that is headed toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Ronald Hill prepares front end loaders if needed to clear sand covered roads due to approaching storm, on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The region is preparing for tropical storm Arthur that is headed toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OEREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Ronald Hill prepares front end loaders if needed to clear sand covered roads due to approaching storm, on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The region is preparing for tropical storm Arthur that is headed toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Mark Horrell (C), his wife Lisa Horell (L) and son Haden, break down their campsite and load their vehicle at the Oregon Inlet camp grounds, on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
OREGON INLET, NC - JULY 02: Scott Brooks (R) and Hannah Thomas (L) of Boston, MA break down their campsite while their dog sits nearby on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 17:45 UTC/GMT on July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 17:45 UTC/GMT on July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-Wast satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 12:00 UTC/GMT July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 17:45 UTC/GMT on July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
NOAA satellite loop Tropical Storm Arthur being closely GOES infrared imagery taken in the afternoon on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014.
NOAA's GOES West satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Arthur at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
NOOA's potential storm surge flooding map for Arthur, released on July 2, 2014.

Astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this photo on Twitter Wednesday morning July 2, 2014 as the International Space Station passed over Tropical Storm Arthur, along with the message, 'Just flew over TS – hoping it heads to sea. Looks mean.'


 

NOAA satellite loop Tropical Storm Arthur being closely GOES infrared imagery taken in the morning on Wednesday, July, 2, 2014.
NOAA GOES East satellite image of Tropical Storm Arthur gradually organizing taken Tuesday afternoon on July 1, 2014.

NOAA 5-day track forecast cone for Tropical Storm Arthur, updated Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Dark clouds form over lower Manhattan as a major storm comes in over the city July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur is headed up the East Coast and could become a hurricane in some areas by Thursday. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Lighting strikes over the Empire State Building as a major storm comes in New York City July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur is headed up the East Coast and could become a hurricane in some areas by July 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A medium hazard flag warns beachgoers to be cautious of moderate surf and currents, in Miami, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
NOAA satellite loop of Tropical Storm Arthur taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT shows swirl of clouds trying to organize around a center of low pressure that may develop into a tropical depression soon off the eastern Florida Coast with rain and thunderstorms. Scattered clouds are occurring across western New England and the Appalachians into the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley and Great Lakes with some showers and thunderstorms. A dense area of clouds across the Central and Northern Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley is producing some strong to severe storms. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
Tropical Storm Arthur potential 4-5 day storm track, made by NOAA on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Stefano Campodonico, of Miami, body boards a small wave in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
A medium hazard flag warns beachgoers to be cautious of moderate surf and currents in Miami, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Overcast weather covers the Brickell area skyline in Miami, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Stefano Campodonico, of Miami, body boards a small wave in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: National Hurricane Center Senior hurricane specialists Lixion Avila (L) and Stacy Stewart, track tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Nick Alvarez, of New York, enjoys a day at the beach in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 01: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks tropical storm Arthur which is the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on July 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm is over the next two days as it stays along the Southeast coast it will slowly strengthen and will reach a category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Nick Alvarez, of New York, enjoys a day at the beach in Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state's east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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By BRUCE SMITH

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina's Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along the shore.

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season prompted a hurricane warning for a wide swath of the North Carolina coast and had officials, hotel owners and would-be vacationers as far north as New England carefully watching forecasts.

The Outer Banks will be especially vulnerable, forecasters said. The area's tourism agency expects about 250,000 people to travel there and stay in hotels and rental homes for the long holiday weekend.

"We want everybody to be safe and prepared, but we are not overly concerned at this point," said Lee Nettles, the executive director the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. He noted that forecasters were predicting the storm would move fast and be less severe than others in locals' memories.

But flooding concerns remained: Twice in recent years, storm-driven waves have sliced North Carolina Route 12, the main road along the islands, rendering it unpassable. On Ocracoke Island, accessible only by ferry, a voluntary evacuation was announced.

Stores saw runs on generators, lanterns and flashlights, but even some workers weren't yet concerned.

"I've been through Irene. I went through Isabelle," said Bill Motley, who works at Ace Hardware in Nags Head has lived on the Outer Banks for 13 years. "I'm not even worried about this one. I'm more worried about my tomato plants. With the wind coming, if we get a 50-mph gust, it will knock over my tomato plants."

At a news conference, Gov. Pat McCrory advised residents, "Don't put your stupid hat on." With concerns of rip tides, he urged surfers and swimmers not to get in the water regardless of how good the waves might be.

"Our major goal is to ensure that no lives are lost during this upcoming storm," including those of emergency workers, McCrory said. He declared a state of emergency for 25 coastal and adjoining counties.

Nancy Janitz, 60, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, said she was ready, thanks to technology.

"I have my NOAA radio, and I keep tabs on Twitter and Facebook for updates," she said. "I'm as prepared as I can possibly be."

On Wednesday afternoon, Arthur was about 220 miles (355 kilometers) south of Charleston and moving north about 7 mph (11 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph). The National Hurricane Center predicted it would grow to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of at least 74 mph either late Wednesday or sometime Thursday.

The forecast did not call for a landfall in the U.S., but officials and travelers north to New England kept an eye on the storm's projected path. Many areas warned of upcoming rain, wind and potential rip tides.

The worst of the storm should occur at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about dawn Friday, with 3 to 5 inches of rain and sustained winds up to 85 mph, said Tony Saavedra, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. But forecasters said that by later Friday, the effects of Arthur would be past the Outer Banks, with the rest of the weekend salvaged.

The Hurricane Center predicted the storm would be off the coast of New England later in the day and eventually make landfall in Canada's maritime provinces as a tropical storm.

In the Myrtle Beach area, the heart of South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry, Arthur was expected to move in by Thursday night, spinning wind gusts from 40 to 50 mph toward the high-rise hotels and condominiums lining the oceanfront.

Farther south, in Hilton Head Island on the state's southern tip, most were confident would pass well out at sea.

"It will be a sold-out weekend," said Charlie Clark, a spokeswoman for the local Chamber of Commerce. "... We're not getting calls from visitors asking what's up with this storm."

Back on North Carolina's storm-tested Hatteras Island, one longtime resident said she had stocked up on supplies but was otherwise unfazed by Arthur's approach.

Even though Dawn Taylor had to put coolers on the top floor of her home in Avon to catch the rain after Hurricane Irene damaged the roof in 2011, she won't leave her home because of a hurricane. And certainly not this one. Even her 85-year-old father is staying put with her.

And her advice to less experienced tourists? Think twice before riding things out on the island.

"It's not their environment. They're not used to it," she said. "It's a whole different world out here, a whole different lifestyle."

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Associated Press writers Martha Waggoner in Raleigh, N.C.; Matt Small in Washington; and Tony Winton in Miami contributed to this report.

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