Hurricane Arthur is all set to make life on the Outer Banks interesting. As hurricanes go, no one can remember seeing a hurricane this early in the season, and checking over historic records, it is very rare for coastal NC to experience a tropical system this early. Very, very rare.
If there can be a blessing in a hurricane it’s that this one is going to be here and gone in a hurry.
A little wiggle to the right or left and everything changes, but the way it looks right now, Hatteras Island is going to be hit with the most impacts—south of Oregon Inlet is under a mandatory evacuation—and here at the Joe Lamb, Jr. offices in Kitty Hawk, it looks like six hours of a lot of rain and a lot of wind.
If the forecast holds true, and all indications are that it will, by mid morning Arthur will be a memory.
Obviously Arthur is affecting a lot of activities, so here is a list of closures, rescheduled events and cancellations. (We grabbed this information from the Hidden Outer Banks website):
The National Park Service is closing all of its campgrounds and its facilities. The visitor’s centers on Ocracoke and Hatteras Island are also closed.
The Bodie Island Visitor Center, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will close on Thursday and Friday.
Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are closed and will reopen on Saturday.
No driving on National Park beaches is allowed, either.
Fireworks: If you love fireworks, Arthur kinda did you a favor.
If you play your cards right you can see fireworks three nights in a row! Click on the links below for more info.
The Whalehead Club in Corolla will set off their fireworks on Monday, July 7.
The Town of Nags Head and the Town of Kill Devil Hills have rescheduled their pyrotechnics for Saturday.
The Town of Manteo will light the sky on Sunday evening.
Avon will be rocking it out on Monday.
Town of Duck-July 4th Parade
The Town of Duck has cancelled their July 4th Parade. It will not be rescheduled.
The Lost Colony has cancelled this evening's show. This means the next show will be Saturday, July 5th, as traditionally the show is dark on the 4th of July.
Kill Devil Hills will NOT be collecting garbage on Friday, July 4th. The Town will collect all commercial customers, and west side residential customers on SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014.