National agencies, tourists take notice as Tropical Storm Arthur drifts closer

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Arthur isn't expected to move onto the Grand Strand shore, but could hit our neighbors in North Carolina as a hurricane. While our first alert meteorologists continue tracking the tropical storm's movement, national agencies are also keeping an eye out.

The Weather Channel hit the Grand Strand early Tuesday morning and set up camp on the boardwalk, showcasing our shores during a live broadcast almost every thirty minutes. Because while it seems like a perfect beach day, a storm is brewing out in the Atlantic.

"It's moving outside the coast of Florida, and this is in the projected path. It's moving outside the coast of Florida and this is in the projected path," said Luke Sutton and Jared Ebie, visitors to the Grand Strand.

Tourists traveling to town for the holiday week aren't used to worrying about tropical storms, but are keeping up to date on Arthur's movement.

"I saw it on the news last night,' visitor Thomas Dawkins said. Sutton and Ebie agreed: "The local news keeping us aware."

What really makes them tune in is the fact the tropical storm has a name, meaning the storm is stronger than thunderstorms they experience back home.

"It helps people be aware, and if you give it a name, they'll pay more attention to it," Dawkins said.

Unique or not, Arthur could be traveling home with some beachgoers. If you plan on driving north on the Fourth, you could see more severe weather outside of the outer banks.

"I'll be heading home before it hits," Dawkins said.

But if you stay here or even inland, Arthur shouldn't rain on your outdoor plans.

The number one concern for emergency management officials is the impact Arthur will have on the ocean. Even if the weather is nice out, remember there is a storm off our coast churning up the waters and creating rip currents close to the coast, creating dangerous conditions for swimmers and boaters.

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