National Hurricane Center 2:00 p.m. forecast map, July 3.
Hurricane Arthur has certainly thrown a monkey wrench into 4th of July plans which is probably the kindest thing we can say about the storm at this point.
Arthur is really an anomaly. In talking to locals, no one can ever remember a hurricane effecting the Outer Banks this early in the season and checking the records, it would seem they’re right. Almost every hurricane on record that has formed in June or July began either much farther south in the Atlantic or in the Gulf of Mexico.
The forecast track—and it’s becoming more certain it’s going to play out this way—has Arthur’s greatest impact on Hatteras Island, and then tracking out to sea. Farther north, where we’re located here at Brindley Beach expect a wild night tonight with some heavy rain and gale force winds.
If there can be a good thing about a hurricane, it is that Arthur is moving very quickly and by mid morning or noon tomorrow at the latest, it should be gone and the sun back out and shining again.
There are a number of cancellations, closures and rescheduled events in the wake of the storm. Here is what we have:
National Park Service
The National Park Service is closing all of its campgrounds and its facilities. The visitor’s centers on Ocracoke and Hatteras Island are also closed.
The Bodie Island Visitor Center, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will close on Thursday and Friday.
Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are closed and will reopen on Saturday.
No driving on National Park beaches is allowed, either.
4th of July Stuff
The Whalehead Club in Corolla will set off their fireworks on Monday, July 7.
The Town of Manteo will light the sky on Sunday evening.
The Town of Duck has cancelled their July 4th Parade. It will not be rescheduled.