Arthur first named storm of season

Tropical storm could impact July Fourth plans
Jul. 01, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

A tropical storm heading up the southeast coast from Florida could bring Tri-County residents wind and rain for this July Fourth.

Vance County Director of Emergency Operations Brian Short said it’s still unclear exactly where Tropical Storm Arthur will go, but current forecasts show the storm is expected to move close along the coast of North Carolina.

“The current track of the storm is bringing it off the coast near Atlantic Beach early Friday morning,” he said. “Right now, it is looking like it’s mainly going to be a coastal event.”

Heavy rain and high storm winds are not predicted for Vance during the next 72 hours, but there still could be some rain and wind in the area, Short said.

He said his department is prepared to activate the CODE RED community-based alert and notification system should conditions worsen.

“We will use this system to put essential information to people if we are implementing emergency protective measures, like shelter openings,” Short said. “We are watching the storm and will adjust our posture if necessary.”

He said residents should closely monitor the storm system as it approaches and should take the time to prepare now, instead of waiting until the last minute.

“We encourage people to put together some basic items that will be needed should we be impacted by a tropical system,” he said.

For more information on how to prepare for the hurricane, contact the Vance County Office of Emergency Management at (252) 438-8264 or go to

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Be prepared

Below is a list of items that could be useful when preparing for adverse weather from Vance County’s Office of Emergency Operations:

• Water: 1 gallon per person per day (a week’s supply of water is preferable)

• Water purification kit or bleach

• First aid kit and first aid book

• Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup and cereals

• Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices

• Non-electric can opener

• Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel

• Blanket or sleeping bag per person

• Portable radio or portable TV and extra batteries

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• Essential medications

• Extra pair of glasses

• Extra house and car keys

• Fire extinguisher - ABC-type

• Food, water, leash and carrier for pets

• Cash and change

• Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes