Arthur strengthens to Category 2 as it moves up NC coast - FOX Carolina 21

Hurricane Arthur strengthens to Category 2 as it moves up NC coast

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(July 3, 2014/FOX Carolina) (July 3, 2014/FOX Carolina)
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A cold front which brought small, yet strong thunderstorms to the area on Thursday afternoon helped push Hurricane Arthur up the coast as it became a Category 2 hurricane.

The storms caused heavy rains, strong winds and lightning strikes responsible for at least one fire in the Upstate. 

Downed trees and power lines were reported in multiple locations across the Upstate after the thunderstorms rolled through around 5 p.m.

The powerful storms had completely moved out of the area by 6:30 p.m., according to FOX Carolina chief meteorologist Kendra Kent.

Dispatchers said lightning from one of the storms was responsible for a fire at a Greenville County apartment complex which destroyed two units.

Kent says the cold front helped steer Hurricane Arthur away from South Carolina and toward Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Around 11 p.m., Arthur became a Category 2 hurricane packing winds of 100 mph sustained and gusts up to 115 mph.

Kent said it is expected to make landfall after midnight.

She said storm surges (rising water) will be the major concern as the high tide arrives around the same time.

The storm is moving fast and should be out of North Carolina by Friday morning.

The skies will then clear bringing dry and sunny weather for the Fourth of July.

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