Mandatory Evacuation As Arthur Approaches; CBD Oil Law Today

It's the 4th of July holiday weekend...and if you are considering heading to the coast of the Carolinas where thousands are already vacationing, be aware that tropical storm Arthur is quickly approaching and it's already having an impact on the coast.  In fact, the storm is expected to reach hurricane strength later today.

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 3 July 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Be sure to join us from 4:30 to 9 AM this morning as we are going to bring you up to date on all that's happening with Arthur as well as a lot of other news.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire NC coast this morning.  A hurricane warning is already posted in Dare County.  Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in 25 counties along the coast.  In just a few minutes, at 5 AM, a mandatory evacuation will go into effect for Hatteras Island along the outer banks.  We'll take you live to the coast to show you what's happening.  And we have in-depth weather details from the First Alert Weather Center as WBTV brings you the most extensive coverage of Arthur and its impact.

Governor Pat McCrory says he will sign a bill today that legalizes a strain of medical marijuana, called CBD, that hopefully helps kids suffering from severe epilepsy.

A bill telling Duke Energy how to clean up its coal ash sites throughout North Carolina has tentatively passed the North Carolina House. The bill cleared two committees Wednesday and was debated for more than four hours with 21 amendments on the House floor.

An emotional vigil for missing teacher Bianca Tanner of Charlotte.  We'll take you to the vigil where there was much hope that she will be found alive.  Meanwhile, Tanner's boyfriend, who police say is "a person of interest" in the case, has been freed from jail on a $20,000 bond.

Registration is now open for people hoping to participate in a series of deer hunts this fall at the Savannah River Site.  Hunters who are interested in taking part in the six Saturday hunts that start Nov. 1 need to apply online.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering increased security measures at some overseas airports offering direct flights to the United States.  A U.S. counterterrorism official says American intelligence has seen indications that certain terrorist groups in Yemen and Syria are working on a bomb that could make it through airport security undetected.

Defending champ Andy Murray has been knocked out in the Wimbledon quarterfinals by 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 7-6, 6-2. Dimitrov had never previously advanced beyond the second round.

President Obama commended the U.S. men's soccer team for making their country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, during an Oval Office phone call with two of the team's most celebrated players.  Mr. Obama called goalkeeper Tim Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey.

All those stories and so much more when you join us for Charlotte's ONLY Emmy award-winning newscast.  We're on from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV...then from 7 to 9 AM on the Bounce channel.  Hope to see you then!