Hurricane Arthur Path 2014 [MAP] Will Fourth of July NYC Fireworks be Threatened?
Hurricane Arthur is here with us to celebrate the Fourth of July, as the upgraded tropical storm is expected to hit the North Carolina coast late Thursday. Arthur would be the first to hit North Carolina since Isabel in 2003.
Tropical Storm Arthur strengthened into a hurricane early Thursday morning, marking the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, which spans from June 1 to Nov. 30. It had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, the National Hurricane Center reports, with the possibility of strengthening more in the next 24 hours, with around 85 mph of wind and gusts up to 105 mph.
An up to four inches or rain and isolated tornadoes could hit parts of the state.
A mandatory evacuation began at 5 a.m. on Thursday in Hattenas Island, and a voluntary evacuation for the Outer Banks' Ocracoke Island.
Hurricane Arthur's path remains as a concern for the New England cities where the Fourth of July fireworks are scheduled on Friday.
Arthur is expected to travel up toward the northeast but away from the shore, reaching around 150 miles east of the Delaware and Maryland coasts by 2 p.m. Friday.
The hurricane-force winds of 80 mph will continue till Saturday morning, toward around 200 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island.
"If the tropical system takes a northeastward turn late in the week, as we suspect, rain and thunderstorms will begin to shift eastward and out to sea Friday afternoon and evening so that the weather improves for fireworks Friday night from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City," said AccuWeather Long-Range Expert Paul Pastelok.
For the time being, the weather forecast in NYC for Friday evening indicates a clear sky. Hopefully Arthur will take its expected path, away from the festivity.