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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