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Tracking Arthur: State of Emergency for North Carolina

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OUTER BANKS, NC (WWBT) -

We have been in hurricane season for one month and now the first named storm of the season is expected to show its face on the Outer Banks. For some, the timing couldn't be any worse.

For Linda Pickard, this was supposed to be a Fourth of July getaway, not an evacuation.

"We're going to pack everything up and go home," Pickard said.

The plan was to spend a week at the family beach house on the Outer Banks. But Tropical Storm Arthur interrupted that plan.

"We took everything off the porch. We're going to secure everything downstairs. Make sure everything's locked up and taken care of before we leave," she said.

Now, they're headed to Virginia, even though the kids don't quite understand why.

"I've never actually been in a hurricane. I've never seen one before," said Justin Hughes, 11.

Forecasters say Arthur could soon become a Hurricane, packing a punch in North Carolina.

Wednesday authorities sent out an alert of possible sand over wash and water impacting the roads. It's why state officials say they are monitoring Arthur closely.

Rip currents are expected to be more dangerous than usual, but some local beach goers didn't seem to mind.

"Hopefully we get some waves from the storm," said Steven Barksdale, who is ready for the storm.

Area businesses are hoping for customers.

"There's been a lot of apprehension going on for this weekend," said Kent Olson with Chili Peppers Coastal Grill.

At at time that's supposed to be one of the busiest seasons at Chili Peppers Coastal Grill. Even still, owners plan to keep its doors open.

"We get a lot of big storms that come through here. It's not a big deal to us to get a class one," added Olson.

But the state is taking no chances. Wednesday, the North Carolina Transportation Department began round-the-clock ferry service in coastal areas where neighbors have chosen to evacuate.

Like this family who'd rather be safe than sorry.

"I've lived through a lot of hurricanes. You're going to be OK. We're going to be alright," Pickard said.

Heavy winds could be the biggest threat here. Experts predicting once Arthur hits the North Carolina coast, this area could see winds up to 110 mph. 

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