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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington have declared a State of Emergency as the effects of Hurricane Arthur reach the area.

The State of Emergency went into effect at 10 a.m. as the category 1 storm moves north along the coast of South Carolina and toward North Carolina, where rain bands began reaching shore early this morning.

Due to increased sustained winds, expected this afternoon, all New Hanover County and City of Wilmington government offices and attractions will close at 2 p.m. today.

The New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center remains in a limited activation working with local, state, federal and other community partners to track the storm. At this time, officials do not anticipate opening emergency shelters.

While city offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day, trash/recycling/yard waste pick-up is running on schedule today and Friday, but the city reminds customers to secure carts today as soon as possible after pick-up.

The City of Wilmington still plans to hold tomorrow night’s 4th of July fireworks as scheduled.

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