Cape and Islands preparing for Arthur’s arrival

Thousands still making trip to shore for 4th of July Weekend

In this WWLP file image,. hurricane flags fly in front of the Chatham Lighthouse on Cape Cod in advance of Hurricane Arthur in July 2014.

CHATHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest times of the year on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard, but this Independence Day, many vacationers’ minds are on Hurricane Arthur as it moves up the Atlantic coast.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cape and Nantucket, where strong rip currents are expected at the beach. The region will also see heavy bands of rain, and possibly tropical storm-force winds up to 35-50 miles per hour.

Widespread damage is not expected, however, and the storm is not stopping people with plans to celebrate the Fourth at the shore.

Traffic was heavy heading to the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges on Thursday afternoon, and people were out walking Lighthouse Beach in Chatham and other beaches on Thursday and Friday morning.

Red flags are out on the beach, however, warning swimmers not to go into the water.

After Arthur passes by the region on Friday night into early Saturday morning, things will clear up nicely, and it will be a great weekend to be at the coast!

Stay with 22News and throughout the weekend as we continue to track Hurricane Arthur.

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