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Holiday Weekend Off to a Stormy Start

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As New Yorkers get ready to pack it up for the holiday weekend, many are keeping a close eye on what mother nature has in store.

Out at Rockaway Beach, some beachgoers saw the sun and hit the sand.

"I saw the rip current alert, but the waves seem fine, we didn't go out very far. We enjoyed floating around for a little bit," said one swimmer.

"It doesn't get better than this it's beautiful sunny, beautiful beach day, there's not a lot of people," said another beachgoer.


Last night, a heavy line of storms let loose on the city, causing power outages in every borough.

Red Hook, Brooklyn saw some minor street flooding.

Crews from the Department of Environmental Protection worked the clear the roadways there and in other parts of the city.

Flooding on the Cross Bronx Expressway also caused delays at the George Washington Bridge.

And subway riders in Boerum Hill also saw some problems.

The F and G lines saw flooding and trains were re-routed for awhile, but the MTA says things are now back to normal.

Meanwhile, thousands are leaving North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Arthur draws near.

The category one storm is not expected to make landfall, but it is expected to come very close to the coast early Friday morning.

Hatteras Island is under a mandatory evacuation.

Some 35,000 people are being asked since there is only one road on and off the island.

At least one National Hurricane Center Forecaster says those who fail to leave the Outer Banks today should prepare for the possibility of getting stuck for several days without food, water or power.

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