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Hurricane spoiling East Coast's 4th of July

Posted: July 4, 2014 at 2:43 a.m.

Jacque, left, and Jesse Carawan from Plymouth, NC brace against the stiff winds as they secure their beach trailer in anticipation of the coming of Hurricane Arthur on Atlantic Beach Thursday, July 3, 2014. They just came down to secure the trailer from the storm; they were going home to Plymouth after they finished. Hurricane Arthur is expected to have its greatest impact on the North Carolina coast late Thursday night/early Friday morning. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans, while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.

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