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Hurricane Arthur’s Fourth of July plans? Ruining the holiday for residents, beachgoers

Members of the large Garrison family from Kansas City, Mo., play in the surf before complying with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina’s Outer Banks due to approaching Hurricane Arthur. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Hurricane Arthur was upgraded to a Category 1 storm Thursday, with high winds, warnings of possible storm surges and — just generally — some really lousy timing.

Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, was gaining strength as it moved toward land — spoiling Fourth of July plans and beach days along the East Coast.

“Don’t put your stupid hat on,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said at a Wednesday news conference, according to WWAC. “Usually most injuries occur right before a storm or right after a storm, so especially on the coastal area, we want to make sure people don’t try out the great waves before the storm comes, even though they are good waves. We don’t want you to go into the ocean.”

(This is good advice, but if you’re interested in watching people disregard it, check out this webcam. )

Tourists and residents were evacuating in the Outer Banks, including vacationers like Susan Holbrook, an Illinois woman who told the Virginian-Pilot that she and her husband were moving inland. “It’s Mother Nature,” Holbrook said. “You can’t do anything about it.”

Among the Arthur-related holiday changes:

Even the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular wasn’t spared; the celebration was moved up a day because of Arthur, with fireworks now scheduled for Thursday night.

The New York Times has this handy guide to changes in the area’s holiday plans, if you’re headed up for the Fourth, and has the entire coast covered.

You can find Arthur updates on the National Hurricane Center Web site and, well, right here.

Kiratiana Freelon contributed to this report.

Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.

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