Here are five things to know about Hurricane Arthur and how it might affect your Fourth of July plans:
1. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch statewide until 10 p.m. Thursday and a Flash Flood watch until noon on Friday. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to move off the northern mid-Atlantic coast Thursday night, although those thunderstorms may continue into Friday morning, followed by rain showers. Still, the weather should clear up by the time most fireworks displays are scheduled to go off.
2. Delmarva Power is closely monitoring Arthur, which could produce strong damaging wind gusts, large hail and frequent lightning during the Fourth of July holiday. Delmarva Power will have its employees working around the clock as quickly and safely as possible to restore any outages that may occur, according to a press release issued by Delmarva Power. New Castle County customers can report outages by calling (800) 989-8042. Outages in Kent and Sussex County can be reported (800) 898-8045. For Delaware Electric Coop customers, call (855) 332-9090
3. Fourth of July activities throughout the state may be canceled or delayed as a result rain from Hurricane Arthur and a cold front moving in from the west. Check back Friday for updates on the status of local festivities.
4. For those of you considering traveling to Rehoboth Beach to celebrate the Fourth of July, bear in mind that U.S. Route 1 might be flooded, so drive slowly.
5. Even if rain occurs on the Fourth of July, you can still have fun with the kids. Go old school and get out the board games, play charades or just sit and talk. Although Arthur might rain on your parade, don't let it prevent you from having a good time!