While North Carolina's coastal and inland counties are expected to be among the areas hit hardest by Arthur, which strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday, parts of Virginia will be under the threat of rain and thunderstorms that can impact many Fourth of July celebrations.
A hurricane warning has been extended south from the Virginia/North Carolina border to Surf City, N.C., including the Outer Banks.
The state is preparing for more weather effects than previously planned, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. There are no expectations for evacuation at a state level, but that may change in local areas.
In Southeast Virginia, bands of rain and strong wind gusts are expected to begin overnight Thursday night into Friday. Surge flooding from 1-2 feet above ground level (worst-case if at high tide) is also possible. Coastal flooding may linger into Friday afternoon and the evening as winds turn to north-northeast. Arthur's impacts should end after midnight Friday night.
Many holiday events in Virginia Beach have been rescheduled for Saturday night at Mt. Trashmore and the Oceanfront, according to WTKR.com. Even if rain doesn't pose a problem on Friday night, the wind and waves could still be a concern at the beach, since the fireworks for that show are launched from a barge on 20th Street.
The city of Richmond also announced yesterday that the annual RVA Fireworks on the James has been postponed to Saturday, July 5, due to the weather. However, Tom Topinka with Genworth Financial told CBS 6 they haven’t postponed or canceled the annual Independence day celebration set for Thursday.
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“I’m looking at it as a 30 percent chance of no rain,” said Topinka.
The concert and fireworks display have been held annually for more than two decades and draws thousands to Henrico county.
While Richmond and the surrounding counties may not be in the storm’s direct path, Dawn Eischen of Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is still warning residents to take precautions at the beaches this holiday weekend. "Rip currents are very dangerous," Eischen told CBS 6.
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Residents attempt to move a car out of a flooded street in Fairhaven, MA (Photo: Twitter/thatshawesome)