The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday as it spun closer to the North Carolina coast, bringing the anticipated stiff wind gusts and heavy rain that forced thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders. Hurricane Arthur was about 110 miles (165 km) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour), earning it Category 2 status on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, U.S. forecasters said. Moving at 15 mph (24 kph), the center of the storm shifted slightly west on Thursday afternoon and was expected to pass over the North Carolina Outer Banks late Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The shift in the track would bring the strongest winds inland over eastern North Carolina, affecting some coastal towns such as Morehead City, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune.
Quoted from Outer Banks to take full force of Hurricane Arthur on Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines