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LIVE: Hurricane Arthur Bears Down on North Carolina

As the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2014 season, Arthur will bring heavy rain, rough surf, high winds and rip currents to areas along the Atlantic coast of the United States.

With a projected northeasterly path, Arthur's greatest impacts will come Thursday night into Friday, canceling fireworks shows and impeding July Fourth celebration plans for thousands.

The worst of Arthur's wrath will slam the Carolinas, before moving up the coast, reaching southern Massachusetts by Friday.

"The main impact will be northward-expanding rough surf with strong rip currents from the Florida east coast to New Jersey, Long Island and southeastern New England," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.


UPDATES: (All times are listed in EDT)

2:46 p.m. EDT Thursday:

12:50 p.m. EDT Thursday:

11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday: The St. Augustine, Florida, Life Guard Patrol reported 11 rip current rescues yesterday, as Arthur strengthened off the coast.

10:15 a.m. EDT Thursday: Storm clouds hover over Surf City, North Carolina, as Hurricane Arthur churns farther out in the Atlantic.

8:00 a.m. EDT ThursdayThis year is the first year since 1992 that the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular fireworks display has been rescheduled.