Arthur heads up East Coast
Arthur, the Atlantic’s first named storm of the season, is heading its way up the East Coast. Although a direct hit on our area is unlikely, the storm is predicted to affect parts of Virginia on Friday and could put a damper on July 4 celebrations.
Currently a tropical storm, Arthur is expected to gain strength today to become a Category 1 hurricane, possibly making landfall along the North Carolina coast either late tonight or the early morning hours Friday. Most hurricane models show the storm veering east and north up the coast, clearing out of our immediate area by Friday evening.
“At this point, Arthur’s projected path looks as if it will bring impacts to Virginia,” said Jeff Stern, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “Everyone needs to pay attention and take necessary precautions, regardless of the July 4 holiday. Virginia state agencies are getting ready for the storm, and so should our residents and visitors.”
It is important for people, especially those living and visiting in the Hampton Roads region, to pay close attention to the tropical storm, find out if they are at risk for storm surge, and review their evacuation, shelter, and pet plans.
Listen to local media and local officials for instructions, a VDEM press release stated.
A list of needed emergency supplies and maps of storm surge areas and evacuation routes can be found at www.vaemergency.gov or on the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone and Android mobile devices.