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Dare Co. officials set up refuges of last resort

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Residents along the beach road in Dare County are told to evacuate Thursday evening in advance of Hurricane Arthur.

Officials are making the announcement from loudspeakers on fire trucks.

Refuges of last resort are set up at First Flight Middle School in Kill Devil Hills and the Dare County Center in Manteo.

Residents on the Oregon Inlet are being encouraged to evacuate as the track of Hurricane Arthur could move to the west.

Forecasters expect Arthur to strengthen to a Category 2 storm with winds of 96 mph or more by the time it passes early Friday over or near the Outer Banks.

A flyer distributed says Dare County residents “should prepare for significant ocean overwash and soundside flooding.”

Before the storm hit, tourism officials had expected 250,000 people to travel to the Outer Banks for the holiday weekend. Gov. Pat McCrory sought to strike a balance between a stern warning to vacationers and optimism that part of the busy weekend could be salvaged.

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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