Kids play in the surf near the old damaged Hatteras Pier in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A Hurrican watch has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)
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RODANTHE, N.C.: 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 spurred authorities to order a mandatory evacuation for visitors to the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island as of 5 a.m. Thursday. Late Wednesday, the storm was about 160 miles (260 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and about 380 miles (610 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.The National Hurricane Center predicted it would grow to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of at least 74 mph either later Wednesday or sometime Thursday.The worst of the storm should occur at Cape Hatteras 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.
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