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Arthur Is Now A Hurricane, But What's Its Greatest Threat?

Hurricane Arthur is now a Category 1 hurricane, and its greatest danger is in rip currents. Find out why.
Posted at 8:30 AM, Jul 03, 2014

"Here's Hurricane Arthur, it will track up the northeast coast up toward North Carolina, so looks like if you're heading that way for the Fourth of July, you're not going to be seeing fireworks there." (Via WPTV)

Arthur, now a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 MPH, will continue heading north toward Canada this weekend. (Via Flickr / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

But let's be clear about the dangers of Arthur here. CNN called it a "softie of a cyclone," but says its great threats will be rip currents.

Which are, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water." It says lifeguards rescue thousands of people from them each year, and an estimated 100 people die from them. 

"You don't plan on a hurricane over the Fourth of July."

"With the sun still shining, Arthur's threat isn't enough to make visitors ... uneasy."

"Great weather."

"Despite the forecast?"

"You know, they can be wrong." (Via CNN)

And Arthur is causing large waves as well. WKMG spoke with a vacationer who says the waves were actually too rough even for him.

"I've only been surfing for a year-and-a-half now and I can't really handle it. ... Too rough for me, but I mean some of these kids out here, these locals, they're tearing it up."

Hurricane Arthur is expected to impact North Carolina into Friday morning. 

A reporter for WTVR spoke with locals deciding whether to leave their Fourth of July vacations behind. 

On Twitter, he said he spoke with one man who decided not to risk it and is packing up and heading home. (Via Twitter / @JakeBurnsCBS6)

WKMG says there are now mandatory evacuation orders for some along North Carolina's outer banks.