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Hurricane Arthur barrels up the east coast
Arthur strengthened into a hurricane overnight.
The east coast is now preparing for the Category One storm, which is set to hit the Carolinas early tomorrow morning.
A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Hatteras Island, and North Carolina's governor warns people not to take the storm lightly.
Loading up - and leaving town - ahead of Hurricane Arthur.
Nancy Miller, North Carolina Evacuee
"If it's mandatory you have to go. So there's no decision to make."
Those mandatory evacuations in effect for Hatteras Island, North Carolina, as residents and vacationers on the rest of the outer banks brace for the brunt of the storm.
John Johnas, Vacationer
"We are going to weather it out. If it gets bad enough that we have to leave
And we have to go, we'll move out. // it's hard to get into the hurricane
Spirit when it looks like this."
Misleading sunshine, as Arthur makes its way north, threatening to bring 80 mile per hour winds and coastal flooding to parts of North Carolina.
"The people who live down here full-time, you can bet even though it's a 'One' they're taking it pretty seriously."
With hurricane watches and warnings in place, the governor has declared a state of emergency for 25 counties.
And lifeguards from florida to the Carolinas are already seeing the effects of Arthur.
"' 'Scuse me, we got rip currents and stuff out here with the storm comin' in."
And as the storm comes *in*, business owners worry about customers heading*out* on this normally busy holiday weekend.
Rochelle Warb, Manager, Island Dye it yourself
"We are doing really good business today but we have heard people talking about leaving. So if they leave, then our business is going to go down."
Not the best timing, but with it still so calm a lot of people here say they plan to ride out the storm. Even though it's expected to pass here tomorrow
Morning as a Category One hurricane.