Tropical Storm Arthur is this year’s first named storm of the Atlantic. Tropical Storms, with winds ranging between 39-73mph, still pose a threat to the safety of those within its reach. This storm could be bad news for travelers during the upcoming July 4th Holiday weekend due to the increase in road traffic and the potential safety hazards.
As the storm continues along the coast, the Weather Channel has forecast Arthur to reach the Carolina’s sometime between Thursday and Friday. Hopefully, Arthur will die down before it ever reaches the Carolina Coast, allowing for safe and fun times as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence. However, those people enjoying the beach on this holiday weekend should still take precaution; tropical storms, even weak ones, can cause high surfs, rip currents, strong winds, and flooding.
If you are planning to vacation this weekend, especially if you are traveling towards the Carolina Coast, make sure to stay up to date with the latest Hurricane News. Should conditions begin to worsen, make sure your gas tank is full, you have cash on hand, and you are aware of the evacuation route. Most importantly, look for posted signs or flags on the beach warning swimmers of the rip currents. Heed the directions of those safety personnel on the beach and keep your loved ones safe.