Many head to the Cape despite hurricane threat

Ashley Baylor is tracking Hurricane Arthur from Cape Cod

CHATHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The outer fringes of Hurricane Arthur are already in Massachusetts are the coastal Cape and the Islands is bracing for strong winds and heavy rain for most of the night.

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Ashley Baylor traveled to Cape Cod in Chatham to track Hurricane Arthur.

From the amount of people that have been here at Chatham Lighthouse Beach, you wouldn’t think a hurricane was on the way. Tons of people were out Friday, running, walking their dogs, sitting at the beach watching the harbor seals, and enjoying the nice weather.

It was sunny and warm all Friday morning. Around 1 o’clock, the fog rolled in and the winds started to pick up. As Hurricane Arthur inched closer to New England, we started to tap into the cooler onshore breeze.

We are under a tropical storm warning in Chatham. As Hurricane Arthur passes southeast of Nantucket Friday evening, we could see some heavy rain bands, sustained winds of 35-50 mph, along with strong rip currents and high surf.

From all the people 22News talked to, it seems like the threat of a hurricane didn’t stop anyone from coming down to the cape this weekend.

Melissa Bernat of Chicopee planned to come down rain or shine. She has a plan for the night “Just hunker down at the hotel and wait for it to pass through; hoping to hit the beach tomorrow.”

Kathy Jocelyn of Westfield said, “We’ll probably stay in tonight, and just wait, until the storm passes and then enjoy vacation.”

According to Debbie Donovan of Belchertown, “We’ve been here all week, and the weather has been beautiful and we’re not scheduled to go home until tomorrow so we decided to wait it out and top off the week with a tropical storm.”

Now anyone heading to the beach will just have to be awake of those high waves and strong rip currents, otherwise, it’s going to be a nice weekend here at the Cape.

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