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Hurricane Arthur makes landfall on North Carolina coast on eve of Independence Day

Friday July 4, 2014 - 14:30 EST

Hurricane Arthur has made landfall on the North Carolina coast, as millions of people brace for its impact along the US East Coast on the eve of the Independence Day holiday.

The National Hurricane Centre said Arthur made landfall around 11:15pm on Thursday (local time) over the Shackleford Banks.

Just before it hit the coast, Arthur had strengthened to a category two storm, packing winds of 160 kilometres per hour.

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Cheeky Canberrans disrobe and jump in the lake to mark winter solstice

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It's the shortest day of the year, so why not take off all of your clothes and plunge into the freezing lake to celebrate? That's what a brave group of Canberrans did early on Thursday morning to mark the winter solstice and raise money for charity.

Frosty start to winter solstice

09:57 EST

It was another cold and frosty morning across the southern half a Australia on Thursday as the sun rose on the shortest day of the year.

Could Ord Valley hay be the solution to feed shortages in drought-stricken SE Australia?

09:07 EST

Could fodder grown in Western Australia's remote Ord River Irrigation Scheme be the solution to the feed shortage on drought-stricken farmland in South Eastern Australia? The sub-tropical climate and access to irrigation allows farmers in the Ord to produce significant tonnages of Rhodes Grass hay for the local cattle industry, yields up to 30 tonnes per hectare a year.