(CBS News) Arthur has been upgraded to a Category One hurricane, the first of the Atlantic season.
A large part of the North Carolina coast was put under a hurricane warning and a mandatory evacuation was ordered for people on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks.
Arthur is expected to hit the Outer Banks in North Carolina Thursday night.
Early Thursday, the storm was about 190 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, N.C. and about 340 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It was moving north at about 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
It was expected to move near the Outer Banks Thursday night.
The center of the storm could remain offshore, reports CBS Raleigh, N.C. affiliate WRAL-TV.
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