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Some plan to ride out Hurricane Arthur, others under mandatory evacuation
Arthur is threatening Fourth of July plans for millions on the eastern seaboard.
There's an evacuation order and a hurricane warning right now for parts of North Carolina's coast, including the outer banks.
That's where the storm is expected to make landfall as a hurricane.
Nancy Miller, North Carolina evacuee says, "if it's mandatory you have to go. So there's no decision to make".
Those mandatory evacuations are in effect for Hatteras Island, North Carolina.
Residents and vacationers on the rest of the outer banks are bracing for the brunt of the storm.
"We are going to weather it out. If it gets bad enough that we have to leave, and we have to go, we'll move out. It's hard to get into the hurricane spirit when it looks like this", says vacationer John Johnas
The sun is still shining as Arthur makes its way north, threatening to bring 80 mile per hour winds and coastal flooding to parts of North Carolina.
With hurricane watches and warnings in place, the governor has declared a State of Emergency for 25 counties.
Lifeguards from Florida to the Carolinas are already seeing the effects of Arthur.
As the storm comes in, business owners worry about customers heading out on this normally busy holiday weekend.
Business manager Rochelle Warb says, "we are doing really good business today, but we have heard people talking about leaving. So if they leave, then our business is going to go
Not the best timing, but with it still so calm a lot of people here say they plan to ride out the storm, even though it's expected to pass here tomorrow morning as a category one hurricane.