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Jul 5, 2014

Weaker Hurricane Arthur takes aim at Nantucket, Cape Cod

By Chris Keane

NAGS HEAD N.C. (Reuters) – A weakened but fast-moving Hurricane Arthur swept into southern New England on Friday night, wielding tropical storm-force winds, after an earlier landfall in North Carolina that caused only slight damage.

The Massachusetts summer resort areas of Nantucket and Cape Cod, popular destinations for visitors over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, were issued tropical storm warnings by the U.S. National Hurricane Center, which predicted powerful winds and several inches (cm) of rain.

Jul 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur whips through North Carolina’s Outer Banks

By Chris Keane

NAGS HEAD N.C. (Reuters) – Hurricane Arthur hit the North Carolina coast early on Friday and then weakened as it moved out to sea, causing no deaths or injuries but spoiling the Independence Day holiday for thousands of Americans.

Arthur, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, struck land at the southern end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday (0315 GMT Friday). It rattled vacation homes, flooded roads and cut off island communities from the mainland.

Jul 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur scythes through Outer Banks of North Carolina

By Chris Keane

NAGS HEAD N.C. (Reuters) – The first hurricane of the Atlantic season has hit the North Carolina coast, a wet and windy spoiler of the July Fourth holiday for thousands of Americans as authorities ordered them to evacuate exposed areas.

Hurricane Arthur crossed the coast near Cape Lookout at the southern end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. EDT (0315 GMT) on Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 kph). This earned it Category 2 status on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Jul 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur makes landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

C, (Reuters) – The first hurricane of the Atlantic season made landfall on the North Carolina coast Thursday night, a windy, wet party-pooper that forced thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders.

Hurricane Arthur crossed the coast near Cape Lookout at the southern end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. EDT (0315 GMT), with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 kph), earning it Category 2 status on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Jul 4, 2014

North Carolina’s outer banks to take full force of hurricane Arthur

C, (Reuters) – The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday as it spun closer to the North Carolina coast, bringing the anticipated stiff wind gusts and heavy rain that forced thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders.

Hurricane Arthur was about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 km per hour) putting it on the verge of Category 2 status, U.S. forecasters said.

Jul 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur intensifies as it heads for North Carolina

, July 3 (Reuters) – The first
hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday and
was expected to attain Category 2 status as it reached the North
Carolina coast, where thousands of vacationers scrubbed their
July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders.

Hurricane Arthur was about 70 miles (150 km) south-southwest
of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 90
miles per hour (145 km per hour), U.S. forecasters said.

Nov 19, 2012
via Photographers' Blog

Where your Christmas tree comes from

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West Jefferson, North Carolina

By Chris Keane

Having lived in North Carolina my entire life we have always bought a real Christmas tree every December. Growing Christmas trees in North Carolina is serious business with over 1,600 active growers working 25,000 acres.

The last few years I have wanted to make the trip up to the mountains to photograph a Christmas tree farm. This year I did some research and found out that the White House Christmas tree was coming from North Carolina. Since the White House Christmas tree program began in 1966 North Carolina has led the states, with trees being chosen 12 times from here. This year Peak Farms won the honor of having a tree selected for the White House.