AM Tropical Update: Arthur Now Hurricane; Douglas Hangs On; Beachgoers Enjoy Weather Despite Choppy Surf

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Arthur Continues to Gain Strength; Becomes Hurricane (Sean Sporman)

Overnight Wednesday into Thursday, Arthur gained strength and was putting out winds of 80 miles per hour, making it the first Hurricane of 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. As of the 7am Central advisory on Thursday, the center of the storm was about 300 miles to the southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm has prompted large areas of coastline to be placed under Hurricane Watches and Warnings.

Douglas Hangs On In Eastern Pacific (Sean Sporman)

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Douglas was hanging on as of the 10pm Central Time advisory of June 2nd. It has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, with the center of circulation located about 450 miles away from Baja California. Douglas is expected to continue to weaken as it moves west, away from land.

Beachgoers Flock to Jersey Beach Despite Arthur's Waves (WABC/CBS)

High temperatures have people heading to the shore for some relief from the heat Wednesday (7/2).

Lifeguards like Corrina Weinofsky in Belmar, New Jersey say they are focused and alert to ensure beachgoers safety.

She adds with the impending storm approaching it is important to talk to the patrons and parents to make sure they are in a safe spot.

Just yesterday (Tuesday, 7/1) Weinofsky said they had to make a rescue because some folks were trapped on the rocks by the sudden south-east swell and wind.

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