Hurricane Arthur was upgraded to a Category 1 storm Thursday, with high winds, warnings of possible storm surges and — just generally — some really lousy timing.
— Dave Malkoff (@malkoff) July 2, 2014
“Don’t put your stupid hat on,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said at a Wednesday news conference, according to WWAC. “Usually most injuries occur right before a storm or right after a storm, so especially on the coastal area, we want to make sure people don’t try out the great waves before the storm comes, even though they are good waves. We don’t want you to go into the ocean.”
(This is good advice, but if you’re interested in watching people disregard it, check out this webcam. )
— Sam Walker (@SamWalkerOBX) July 3, 2014
Tourists and residents were evacuating in the Outer Banks, including vacationers like Susan Holbrook, an Illinois woman who told the Virginian-Pilot that she and her husband were moving inland. “It’s Mother Nature,” Holbrook said. “You can’t do anything about it.”
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) July 3, 2014
Among the Arthur-related holiday changes:
- A naturalization ceremony scheduled for Thursday in Southport, N.C., has been canceled, reports the Wilmington Star-News.
- The fireworks in Surf City, N.C., were pushed to August.
- The cornhole tournament in Corolla, N.C., was moved to Monday, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
- The lighthouse at Cape Hatteras has reportedly closed, and National Park Service campgrounds are shutting down, according to WVEC.
Even the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular wasn’t spared; the celebration was moved up a day because of Arthur, with fireworks now scheduled for Thursday night.
— NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts) July 3, 2014
Kiratiana Freelon contributed to this report.