NYC: Hurricane Arthur to Threaten July Fourth Festivities

By Katy Galimberti, Staff Writer
July 4, 2014; 3:53 AM ET
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Hurricane Arthur in the Atlantic will have an unwelcome impact on New York City for part of Independence Day this Friday.

The hurricane will travel up the East coast Friday, inducing heavy rain and creating rough surf conditions.

How quickly the weather clears on Friday around New York City and vicinity will depend on the exact track and speed of the tropical system.

"If the tropical system takes a northeastward turn late in the week, as we suspect, rain and thunderstorms will begin to shift eastward and out to sea Friday afternoon and evening so that the weather improves for fireworks Friday night from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City," AccuWeather Long-Range Expert Paul Pastelok said.

Localized flooding downpours and gusty thunderstorms will hit the New York City area leading up to the holiday.

After hitting 90 F for the first time this summer on Wednesday, temperatures are forecast to slowly ease back Thursday and Friday.

For those heading to the New Jersey and Long Island beaches, Arthur will create strong rip currents and rough surf into Saturday. At the same time, sunshine is in store as humidity levels lower with Arthur racing toward the Maritimes.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, "A period of minor coastal flooding is possible on Friday, especially during times of high tide."

Surf will subside on Sunday.

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As of Tuesday, the National Weather Service in New York City had already released a rip current risk for area beaches. The NWS describes rip currents as powerful channels of quickly flowing water. Heed advice from lifeguards and beach officials about swimming conditions and remain vigilant if hoping to spend time in the surf during one of the most popular beach weekends of the year.


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