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Hurricane Arthur makes landfall on US East Coast

Published on Jul 4, 2014 12:55 PM
Surfer Ben Powell of Ocean Isle Beach rides a large wave during the effects of Hurricane Arthur, in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina on July 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - Hurricane Arthur made landfall on the North Carolina shore late Thursday, as millions of Americans braced for its impact along the East Coast on the eve of the Independence Day holiday.

The National Hurricane Center said Arthur made landfall around 11:15 pm (0315 GMT Friday) over the Shackleford Banks between Cape Lookout and Beaufort.

Just before it made landfall, Hurricane Arthur strengthened into a potentially destructive category-two storm.

The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was packing maximum winds of 100 miles (160 kilometres) per hour, forecasters said, warning North Carolina - home to many popular holiday destinations - would bear the brunt of Arthur's fury.

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