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Tropical storm warning issued as Arthur sets sights on NC coast

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Tropical Storm Arthur continues to strengthen as slowly moves up the East Coast toward the Carolinas, prompting a tropical storm warning for the NC coast.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Arthur had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour as it moved north at seven miles per hour.

NC Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for counties along the coast just after noon Wednesday.

The storm is forecast to be a category 1 hurricane off the Outer Banks by early Friday morning.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Grand Strand beaches of South Carolina and extends north into North Carolina.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the NC Outer Banks as well as a tropical storm warning.

If Arthur does become a category 1 hurricane, it will have maximum sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour.

Get the latest position, strength, and forecast for Arthur in the WBTV.com Hurricane Center.

Just how bad will the storm hit the Carolina beaches?

WBTV Meteorologist Kelly Franson says the system should pickup speed and move along the coast fairly quickly.

South Carolina beaches are already facing a moderate rip current risk today because of Tropical Storm Arthur.

Tropical storm force winds and heavy rain could impact the coast from Myrtle Beach to Wilmington by Thursday afternoon.

Franson says the biggest coastal threats will be torrential downpours, flash flooding and dangerous rip currents.

The NCDOT is running a ferry between Okracoke and Hatteras Islands around the clock. All ferry tolls will be waived as long as the voluntary evacuation order in Hyde County is in place.

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper put the state's price gouging law into effect Wednesday as well.

The storm is expected to move out to sea quickly Friday which will leave behind mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s.

Back in Charlotte, the holiday weekend looks to be more of the same with temps in the upper 80s and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

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