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Arthur to Crash Atlantic Coast July Fourth Beach Vacations

By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
July 4, 2014; 7:37 PM ET

Hurricane Arthur will continue to charge toward Nova Scotia through Friday night, but Arthur will leave lingering effects across the East Coast this weekend. In much of the Northeast, the surf will remain rough on Saturday.

Millions of people from Daytona Beach, Florida, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Wildwood, New Jersey; the Hamptons in New York and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, will be impacted on their vacation.

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People are urged to obey restrictions on the beach and in the surf this weekend. Failure to do so may put not only themselves at risk but also their would-be rescuers.

"A storm is tremendous in what it can do to the shore and how dangerous it can become to swimmers," American Lifeguard Association National Spokesperson Wyatt Werneth said. "Rip currents are strongest when the tide is coming in and the wind is onshore."

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The surf will continue to be rough across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Friday night as Arthur spins northward.

Surf conditions and seas will remain rough on Saturday from the Delmarva Peninsula to New Jersey, Long Island and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

With the approach and passage of Arthur, pleasure boaters should check for the latest advisories and warnings. People should consider keeping their craft in port or remaining within the protection of the Intracoastal Waterway. The latest information on Arthur, including watches, warnings and advisories can be found on the Hurricane Center.

The worst weather and the greatest risk of heavy rain and gusty winds will be in New England through Friday night. There is a risk of flash flooding in this area with minor coastal flooding possible on portions of Long Island and Cape Cod.

During Saturday and Sunday, the sun will be shining on most areas from the Carolinas to southeastern New England with a dramatic drop in humidity.

Content contributed by Andy Mussoline, Meteorologist

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