Forecasters say portions of North Carolina's Outer Banks are vulnerable to the approach of Tropical Storm Arthur, which is expected to reach hurricane force on Thursday. Residents of Hatteras Island have been advised to leave because of the potential for flooding of the lone highway to the mainland. Experts say the storm will generate dangerous rip tides as far north as New Jersey.
Charleston, S.C.- Emergency officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of a fragile barrier island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.
Dare County officials said Wednesday that the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island would begin at 5 a.m. Thursday. After that time, no one will be allowed on the island.
The officials said residents and out-of-town visitors who may already have arrived for the Fourth of July weekend should evacuate during daylight hours before the tropical storm brings high winds, rough seas, dangerous rip currents and possible flooding on N.C. 12. The two-lane highway is the only way on and off the island other than ferries to the south.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for all of Dare County. Arthur is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday.
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