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A man fished from the Nags Head Pier as fog and heavy surf rolled in ahead of Hurricane Arthur Thursday.
The hurricane strengthened to a Category 2 in the afternoon.
Vacationers gathered on a deck as winds from the storm began to arrive in Nags Head, N.C.
AP/The Star-News/Ken Blevins
Vehicles traveled across the Thomas Rhodes Bridge as rain fell early Thursday morning in Wilmington, N.C.
AP/The Virginian-Pilot,Steve Earley
Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by North Carolina’s Hatteras Island Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders.
AP/Wilmington Star-News/Mike Spencer
Clouds and rains moved in as beachgoers left Freeman Park at the north end of Carolina Beach, N.C., on Thursday.
Motorists drove off a ferry from Ocracoke Island, N.C., as Arthur approached.
A campground was closed at Cape Hatteras on North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands.
Steve Earley/Associated Press
Road clearing equipment was staged on Hatteras Island.
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