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  • Weather forecasts indicate Independence Day festivities may go on as planned

  • Tropical Storm Arthur, currently heading up the East Coast of the United States, should not disrupt planned Independence Day celebrations in the First State.
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  • Tropical Storm Arthur, currently heading up the East Coast of the United States, should not disrupt planned Independence Day celebrations in the First State.
    Paul Walker, senior meteorologist for Accuweather, out of State College, Pa., said Arthur will make its presence known mostly along Delaware beaches.
    “The biggest thing will be rough surf and rip currents as the storm passes to the east late Friday and Friday night,” Walker said.
    The storm, which is expected to increase to hurricane strength on Thursday, will be on a path taking it away from land and will be far enough out to sea that it will not rain on Dover’s parade or fireworks, he said.
    “It’s a pretty small storm, actually, and will stay offshore, about 150 to 300 miles to the east,” Walker said.
    The most significant threat to Independence Day celebrations will come from a cold front approaching from the west that is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms, possibly heavy at times, on Thursday night into Friday morning.
    “Hopefully [Arthur] will be pulling off to the northeast,” Walker said. As for the cold front, despite getting rain earlier in the day, clouds should be breaking in time for evening events.

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