Meet Hurricane Arthur, Your July Fourth Party Crasher

So, about that barbecue..

This doesn't look fun.
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Marina Koren
July 3, 2014, 6:55 a.m.

Ar­thur is grow­ing up so fast. The trop­ic­al storm gradu­ated to a hur­ricane Thursday, pick­ing up speed and strength as it moves north up the coast of the United States.

Ar­thur, the first hur­ricane of the sea­son, is not ex­pec­ted to be a very strong one, but it sure looks men­acing from space. This im­age, cap­tured Wed­nes­day by NASA and Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion satel­lites, re­veals a large, swirl­ing mass over the At­lantic Ocean.

Fore­casters ex­pect Hur­ricane Ar­thur to pass over the Out­er Banks, a 200-mile string of bar­ri­er is­lands along the coast of North Car­o­lina, on Fri­day night. On Thursday, of­fi­cials ordered a man­dat­ory evac­u­ation of about 35,000 people from Hat­ter­as Is­land, loc­ated at the south­ern tip of the Out­er Banks. Fore­casters ex­pect heavy rains and winds, as well as dan­ger­ous rip tides.

None of this is good news for Fourth of Ju­ly cel­eb­rants on the Out­er Banks, a pop­u­lar sum­mer va­ca­tion spot that was ex­pec­ted to see more than 200,000 vis­it­ors this week­end.

But North Car­o­lina Gov. Pat Mc­Crory wants res­id­ents to get their pri­or­it­ies straight. “This is no time to put your stu­pid hat on,” he told CNN’s New Day on Thursday, warn­ing people to stay off the beach and out of the ocean

Leave your stu­pid hats at home, folks. And your party hats. Just stay in­side.

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