published Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Hurricane Arthur strengthens to Category 2

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    John and Judi Grounds of Richmond, Va. sit on the beach in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, July 3, 2014.
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MIAMI — Hurricane Arthur has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane, with winds increasing to 100 mph as it nears the North Carolina coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that little additional change in strength was expected Thursday night and Friday and that the storm would begin weakening Friday night.

On Thursday night, Arthur was located about 55 miles northeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and about 110 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was moving northeast at 15 mph.

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