Virginia Marks July 4 with Minimal Impacts from Hurricane Arthur

• Hurricane Arthur made landfall near Cape Lookout, N.C., as a Category 2 hurricane at 11:15 p.m. July 3.
• The storm is weakening as it moves away from Virginia. No damage from the storm has been reported.
• Today, July 4, the eastern portion of the commonwealth will experience wind gusts over the Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads.
• Winds should gradually decrease during the day.
• Storm surge is peaking at 1-1.5 feet across the lower Chesapeake Bay. Surge should decrease as winds decrease.
• Beachgoers should stay out of the ocean today and possibly tomorrow. The surf is still dangerous.
• Continue to follow local media reports for changing weather conditions.
• Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for traffic and road conditions.
• Call 211 or visit www.211Virginia.org for information on available community services.

Updates on Hurricane Arthur’s Potential Impacts on Virginia

· Tropical Storm Arthur was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane this morning and the 11 a.m. forecast indicates Arthur may reach Category 2 later tonight.

· The center of Hurricane Arthur is approximately 300 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and continues to move north-northeast.

· Affects to the Hampton Roads region from 2 a.m. – noon Friday include 1-2 foot storm surge, gusty winds, localized heavy rain (2-4 inches), power outages, flash flooding, minor coastal flooding and dangerous rip currents.

· A storm system unrelated to Hurricane Arthur will move through the commonwealth tonight through early Friday bringing possible heavy rain in some areas.

Virginia Awaits Tropical Storm Arthur

The first tropical weather system of the season is off the coast of Florida and moving northeast. Tropical Storm Arthur could become a Category 1 hurricane tomorrow. It is forecast to be near Cape Hatteras, N.C., in the early morning hours of July 4. Potential affects to Hampton Roads include gusty winds, localized heavy rain (1-2 inches), minor coastal flooding and dangerous rip currents. “This is a good opportunity for all of us, myself included, to review our personal emergency plans and be sure we are ready for the season,” said Jeff Stern, state coordinator of emergency management.