As friends and families across America gather to celebrate the founding of our great nation, fireworks, barbecues and parades are on the horizon. However, a bit of classic summer thunderstorms and Hurricane Arthur stands in the way of summer fun this weekend.
Hurricane Arthur, the first of the season and the first to make an expected U.S. landfall in 18 months, is gearing up to zip up the East Coast. Add in potent thunderstorms developing throughout the Northeast today and early Friday, and you’ve got the ingredients for holiday travel headaches.
Airports in Washington, New York and Boston will likely experience delays today and Friday from today’s thunderstorms and Hurricane Arthur. There are severe thunderstorm watches in place from central Virginia to southwestern Maine Thursday afternoon.
As the hurricane rolls up the Atlantic Seaboard tonight and Friday, it will bring another shot of rough weather for the immediate East Coast. There are hurricane warnings across the North Carolina Coast. North Carolina’s Outer Banks will be the hardest hit as Arthur zips by tonight and early Friday with wind gusts exceeding 90 mph and squalls of tropical downpours.
Two to four inches of rain are expected along the immediate Atlantic Seaboard, with the Carolinas seeing up to six inches of rain. Flash Flood Watches are in place from the Virginia and North Carolina border up to eastern Maine.
Hurricane Arthur’s quick trip offshore of the Northeast will bring a quick burst of downpours Friday, possibly raining out a few New England fireworks shows and celebrations.
Tips for things to do while you’re indoors here.
On July 4th, Hurricane Arthur will move northward just off the Eastern Seaboard. For beach-goers, Hurricane Arthur will spawn dangerous conditions – battering waves, beach erosion, and minor coastal flooding.
Strong rip-tides – an underwater current of water caused by the storm – are also anticipated through the weekend thanks to Arthur.
Although these conditions do not necessarily spell the end of your beach trips, it might be worth waiting until after Friday to head into the water to avoid the worst of the turbulence.
Riptides and high waves will linger across the Mid-Atlantic, Long Island and New England beaches through Saturday, even after Hurricane Arthur passes. As a precaution, do not swim in the ocean at unguarded beaches or after lifeguards leave. Also, check with lifeguards about local conditions before taking a dip this weekend.
Learn how to keep yourself safe from rip currents here.
Be sure to check with WeatherBug for the latest on Arthur and remember to download the WeatherBug app on your mobile phone before heading out this Fourth of July weekend. Have a safe and Happy Independence Day and get the latest updates on Arthur, anywhere on Twitter.
Wishing you and yours a happy 4th of July!
Stay Safe. Know Before™.
The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team