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NC officials: Get where you're going before storm

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina officials are urging residents and visitors to get where they're going now - before Hurricane Arthur hits the coast.

Gov. Pat McCrory and other officials reminded residents Thursday to have emergency kits and plans ready for the storm, which is expected to whip near the Outer Banks on Friday. Rain, heavy winds, storm surge and dangerous rip tides are expected.

State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said after the storm passes, the state will have to get sonar readings from the Bonner Bridge before N.C. 12 can reopen on Hatteras Island.

Officials also say the beaches would be beautiful for the July 4th weekend once Arthur moves on. McCrory said he hopes to be in coastal Southport on Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, New Hanover County declared a state of emergency.

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