With now-Hurricane Arthur threatening to clip the Outer Banks of North Carolina early on Friday, the state's governor Pat McCrory had some advice for coastal residents: "Don't put your stupid hat on." Although the Independence Day storm is not expected to make landfall tomorrow, even its anticipated close approach will ruin holiday weekend plans all along the coast of the state.
Here's Arthur, a Category 1 Hurricane, approaching North Carolina, courtesy of the NOAA:
The Outer Banks's Hatteras Island is under a mandatory evacuation as of early this morning, and officials aren't letting anyone new visit the island until the storm passes. The governor also declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm for 25 counties. As the Associated Press notes, we're still in the beginning of a lucrative tourist season for the Outer Banks. Usually, those who make their living off visitors in the area only have to worry about hurricanes washing out their profits towards the end of the season, around Labor Day. In other words, Arthur is hitting the area on a money-making holiday that's usually relatively "safe" for the industry, weather-wise.
And Arthur isn't limiting its holiday-ruining reach to North Carolina. The fast-moving storm will climb up the East Coast on Friday. As a precaution, the famous Boston Pops July 4 fireworks concert was moved to Thursday night in anticipation of rain and wind from Arthur late on July 4. Event organizers are worried about the storm's impact as far up as Canada, too: Nova Scotia's Stan Rogers Folk Festival, planned for this weekend, was cancelled as a precaution on Wednesday.