The Chatter

Hurricane Arthur may affect Delmarva beaches

Storm impacts will be felt along our coastline Friday.

By Jess Mayhugh | July 03, 2014, 2:00 pm

-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Chatter

Hurricane Arthur may affect Delmarva beaches

Storm impacts will be felt along our coastline Friday.

By Jess Mayhugh | July 03, 2014, 2:00 pm

-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Get Baltimore Daily.

Sign up today and you'll get our latest stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday afternoon.

Update: Tropical Storm Arthur has turned into Hurricane Arthur after having picked up strength on its route up the East Coast. Arthur, officially the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic storm season, is continuing to disrupt travel plans for thousands of Fourth of July beach-goers. 

While a cold front is expected to push the storm further from the Maryland coastline than originally projected, there is still a chance for tropical storm conditions in Ocean City and its surrounding beaches on Friday, July 4. 

This wet weather forecast has caused Ocean City officials to postpone its fireworks display until Saturday night. As for the Baltimore area, clear skies are currently being forecast for Friday evening, and the Inner Harbor's fireworks display is expected to go on as originally scheduled, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

(For a full list of Baltimore area firework displays, click here.)

From July 1: For those planning to celebrate Independence Day beachside, you may want to keep your eye on the forecast. The first tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, Arthur, formed by 11 a.m. this morning and is predicted to intensify to a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, July 4.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of this morning, the system was 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, FL, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Arthur will be crawling up the Southeast coast over the next two days and hit the North Carolina Outer Banks and Delmarva Peninsula. 

Thunderstorms are expected to be likely in Ocean City from late Thursday through Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Baltimore will see less of an impact, though tropical moisture from the storm will linger until early Friday.

Of course this is all just speculation as of now, and the National Hurricane Center will be monitoring any changes in intensity today and tomorrow. In other words, don't change your firework vistas or beach vacation plans just yet.




Meet The Author
Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.

You May Also Like

Travel & Outdoors

Fall Events Guide

From pumpkin picking to cozy campfires, here are the best ways to celebrate the season.


Arts District

Seth Hurwitz Talks About Opening The Anthem in Southwest D.C.

Venue will be ideal middle ground between Merriweather Post Pavilion and 9:30 Club.


Outside World

EPA Cuts Funding to Chesapeake Bay Journal

The federal agency cancels grant for the environmental newspaper.

Travel & Outdoors

Head for the Hills

Ten nearby mountain getaways where you can unload, unplug, and unwind.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Meeting of the Minds
Now in its sixth year, Baltimore Innovation Week continues to push the city’s tech scene forward.

Hit the Nail on the Head
South Baltimore tool nonprofit celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Beach Music
Scenes from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Maryland Science Center, and White Marlin Open.

Book Reviews: October 2017
The latest from Prince photographer Steve Parke and film critic Ann Hornaday.

Flickering Treasures
Photographer Amy Davis describes her new book that explores Baltimore’s forgotten movie theaters.