Dramatic Photos: Hurricane Arthur Hits East Coast

Hurricane Arthur is expected to put a severe damper on the much anticipated July 4th weekend celebrations up and down the east coast. See photos of the preparation and aftermath.

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Katie Bender gets some assistance from Johanna Bender, left, as they dump water from a boot while sitting on a flooded street after Hurricane Arthur passed through in Manteo, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. Arthur began moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday after hitting the state's barrier islands overnight, creating a Fourth of July holiday that saw flooding and tens of thousands of power outages.
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Vehicles navigate a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014.
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Police watch a flooded area as a vehicle navigates Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road while Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014.
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A vehicle navigates a flooded road after Hurricane Arthur passed through the area in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. Hurricane Arthur began moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday after hitting the state's barrier islands overnight, creating a Fourth of July holiday that saw flooding and tens of thousands of power outages.
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People walk along a flooded street near the waterfront in Manteo, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014 after Hurricane Arthur passed through the area leaving some roads underwater. Hurricane Arthur began moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday after hitting the state's barrier islands overnight, creating a Fourth of July holiday that saw flooding and tens of thousands of power outages.
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Pedestrians walk in the rain in Boston as the effects of Hurricane Arthur are felt in the area, Friday, July 4, 2014.
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This Friday, July 4, 2014 aerial photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows flooding caused by Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Arthur struck North Carolina as a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph late Thursday, taking about five hours to move across the far eastern part of the state.
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Water from Hurricane Arthur buckled a section of North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, seen in a Friday, July 4, 2014 photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is the same spot on Hatteras Island that was breached in Hurricane Irene in 2011. Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, but the weather along the narrow barrier islands had already cleared by Friday afternoon.
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Water from Hurricane Arthur buckled a section of North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, seen in a Friday, July 4, 2014 photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is the same spot on Hatteras Island that was breached in Hurricane Irene in 2011. Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, but the weather along the narrow barrier islands had already cleared by Friday afternoon.
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A vehicle sits in rising waters as Hurricane Arthur passes through the area in Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014.
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People walk along a flooded street near the waterfront in Manteo, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014 after Hurricane Arthur passed through the area leaving some roads underwater. Hurricane Arthur began moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday after hitting the state's barrier islands overnight, creating a Fourth of July holiday that saw flooding and tens of thousands of power outages.
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Sailboats that broke free of their moorings because of the winds and waves from Hurricane Arthur, rest on the shore of Carrot Island, across Taylor's Creek, in Beaufort, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014. Arthur began moving offshore and away from the southern state early Friday.
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A man fishes from the Nags Head Pier as fog and heavy surf roll in, on July 3, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Hurricane Arthur.
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Strong winds and heavy surf cover Hwy 64 at the Albemarle Sound caused by Hurricane Arthur on July 3, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane Arthur hit North Carolina's Outer Banks overnight causing wide spead power outages and minimal flooding and damage.
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A Military truck drives over Hwy 64 that is flooded by Hurricane Arthur, July 3, 2014 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane Arthur hit North Carolina's Outer Banks overnight causing wide spead power outages and minimal flooding and damage.
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Kevin Taylor, of Savannah, Ga., checks out the waves on the north beach of Tybee Island as Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the East Coast, early Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beachgoers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake.
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Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Senior Lifeguard Todd Horne writes information on tides and rip currents from Hurricane Arthur to warn swimmers on the beach on, Tybee Island, Ga., Thursday, July 3, 2014. The storm has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake.
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In this handout provided by NASA from the the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida on July 2, 2014 in space. The robotic arm of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System or Canadarm2 is seen at upper right. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the hurricane is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday.
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Ronald Hill prepares front end loaders if needed to clear sand covered roads due to approaching storm, on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The region is preparing for Hurricane Arthur that is headed toward North Carolina's Outer Banks.
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Jim Sullivan of Fredericksburg Va. breaks down his campsite while his wife (L) Amy Sullivan and daughter Stephanie (2nd-L) help, at the KOA Capmground to complying with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Hurricane Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 2 hurricane before it passes the area.
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Bill Kirk of Ashland Ky. takes one last look at the ocean in front of the beach house he rented, before complying with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina.
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Joey Haywood of Troy, NC. and his son Dawson Haywood fold up the families tent at a campsite before departing the KOA Capmground to comply with the mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina.
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A vehicle drives north on Hwy 12 due to mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island due to approaching Hurricane Arthur, July 3, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 2 hurricane when it passes the area.
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Stephen Hunter Hicks surfs near the Hatteras Pier, damaged in previous hurricanes, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a Category 2 hurricane as it enters the area.
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Equipment used in a $30 million project to rebuild the beach at Folly Beach, S.C., is parked on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. State officials say that South Carolina's beaches are in good shape heading into the height of the hurricane season. But forecasters warned on Thursday, July 3, 2014 that waves pushed up by Hurricane Arthur spinning offshore could cause some beach erosion.
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Scott Brooks (R) and Hannah Thomas (L) of Boston, MA break down their campsite while their dog sits nearby on July 2, 2014 in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday.
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Vehicles drive north on Hwy 12 due to mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur, July 3, 2014 in Pea Island, North Carolina. A Hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength and become a category 2 hurricane when it passes the area.
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Beach goers dry off as winds pick up from approaching Tropical Storm Arthur July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks for Arthur, expected to gain strength and become a Category 2 hurricane as it enters the area.
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In this handout provided by the NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team from the Terra satellite, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida pictured at 16:30 UTC/GMT on July 1, 2014. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the hurricane is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday.
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Nicole Specht, and and Ryan Witman, pack their Honda CRV heading back home to Lancaster Pa., before dawn on Thursday, July 3, 2014, during a mandatory evacuation, in Rodanthe, N.C. Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting a stream of vacationers and residents to head home from some parts of the state's popular but flood-prone Outer Banks.
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Surfer Nick Haven looks for a place to surf near the old damaged Hatteras Pier, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. A Hurricane watch has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Hurricane Arthur that is expected to gain strength.
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