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Hurricane Arthur Strengthens to Category 2

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UNITED STATES - JULY 3: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Arthur continues to move up the U.S. East Coast on July 3, 2014. According to reports, Arthur will continue to strengthen and will reach a category two in strength prior to landfall as early as the evening on July 3. This image was taken by GOES East at 1945Z on July 3, 2014.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – JULY 3: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Arthur continues to move up the U.S. East Coast on July 3, 2014. According to reports, Arthur will continue to strengthen and will reach a category two in strength prior to landfall as early as the evening on July 3. This image was taken by GOES East at 1945Z on July 3, 2014. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

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MIAMI — Hurricane Arthur has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane, with winds increasing to 100 mph as it nears the North Carolina coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that little additional change in strength was expected Thursday night and Friday and that the storm would begin weakening Friday night.

On Thursday night, Arthur was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and about 110 miles (165 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was moving northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).

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