The good news for Long Island: the storm appears to be tracking well east of the Tri-State area as it heads up the coast.
The bad news: a gorgeous start to the day Thursday is set to get stormy, with rain threatening to wash out at least part of the Fourth of July. As thousands flock to Long Island beaches this weekend, the National Weather Service is also warning of dangerous rip currents triggered by Arthur.
A cold front slowly moving across the region means showers and thunderstorms are likely Thursday, mainly after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. A high rip current risk is also in effect for all of Nassau County and western Suffolk County through Thursday evening.
On Friday, showers are likely during the day with possibly a thunderstorm, but the skies will gradually become "mostly clear" at night, according to the NWS, so fireworks shows in the area may be spared.
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The rest of the holiday weekend looks splendid with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid-80s on Saturday and Sunday. However, use caution at the beach, as dangerous rip currents are likely through Saturday.
If you find yourself caught in a rip current, the United States Lifesaving Association says to follow a number of steps to escape:
- Yell for help immediately.
- Don’t swim against the rip current – it will just tire you out.
- Escape the rip current by swimming parallel to the beach until you are free.
- If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water.
- When out of the current, swim toward the shore at an angle away from the rip current.