How Tropical Storm Arthur will affect your Fourth of July

07/02/2014 4:30 PM |
(Credit: National Weather Service)

(Credit: National Weather Service)

Thursday will be a rainy, windy day as a developing tropical storm pushes a cold front over the North Fork, according to national weather forecasts, but the rain should taper off by the evening on the Fourth of July.

Tropical Storm Arthur will fuel a batch of storms, now set to start hitting the East End late Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark.

“There is going to be some tropical moisture sent up the coast, but it’s not related to the storm itself,” Mr. Stark said.

Rain will continue through Thursday and into Friday morning, he said.

By Friday afternoon, the rain will likely have passed through, with a 20 to 25 percent chance of showers by nighttime on the Fourth of July, Mr. Stark said.

Forecasts show tropical storm Arthur — which some predictions show will strengthen to hurricane status by Thursday — will swing south and east of Long Island, missing the East End by some 300 miles. But the shorelines will still feel the storm’s effects.

“The storm passing by is going to churn up the water, dangerous rip currents and high surf,” Mr. Stark said.

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