Tri-County avoids hurricane during holiday weekend

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

Raquel Welch thought her Fourth of July plans were doomed when forecasters predicted Hurricane Arthur would pass the Outer Banks — where she and some friends were set to stay this weekend.

Though she didn’t make it to the coast, Welch said she was having a good time at a cookout Saturday on the shores on Kerr Lake.

The Wake Forest resident decided to stay in central North Carolina rather than risk getting in the way of Arthur.

“We weren’t sure how serious the storm would be, so we didn’t want to chance it,” she said. “Honestly, I’m glad I stayed because it’s a beautiful day at Kerr Lake.”

Hundreds like Welch remained in the Tri-County this Fourth of July weekend as Satterwhite Point was overrun with swimmers and boaters, as well as campers and hikers exploring the state park.

Martha Glen and her husband, Robert, had also cancelled travel plans to the beach this weekend.
Glen said they had originally decided to visit family in Wilmington.

“We always just stay around here and watch the fireworks, so we thought we’d branch out and do something new,” said the Butner resident.

But when a warning was issued for New Hanover County, the couple changed their minds and stuck with the Kerr Lake tradition.

Hurricane Arthur hit North Carolina late Thursday evening as a Category 2 storm but had moved north up the coast by Friday morning.
By Saturday, there were clear blue skies above the lake.

Glen said she was looking forward to the fireworks show at Satterwhite Point.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day, but it will be nice when the sun goes down because the fireworks are my favorite part,” she said.

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