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Tropical Storm Arthur Could Drench 4th Of July Plans

Weather reports indicate Tropical Storm Arthur is strengthening and could become a Category 1 hurricane.

Tropical Storm Arthur Could Drench 4th Of July Plans
NOAA

"Arthur has winds at 60 MPH, it is moving north at 6 MPH, but again, it's expected to pick up some speed and by 2 a.m. tomorrow morning, expected to be off the Georgia coast."

Tropical Storm Arthur is strengthening, and getting close to a Category 1 hurricane. 

That would be considered a minimal hurricane, with winds between 74 and 95 MPH. But still — a hurricane. (Via The Weather Channel)

Arthur is the first tropical storm of the Atlantic season, and NPR reports experts say it could become a hurricane by Thursday and continue up the coast.

"Red flags are flying on many Florida beaches, warning swimmers of strong current. Arthur is also producing big waves."

"The path we expect Arthur to take puts it on the coastal area of South Carolina Thursday." (Via ABC)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports one of the last major hurricanes the U.S. has seen was Hurricane Ike in 2008.

As for Tropical Storm Arthur, weather reports indicate the stormy weather could go through Friday, affecting Fourth of July celebrations.