Even with no direct hit, Arthur will hurt Florida

Ruskin, Florida -- Cities all along the east coast are getting ready for Tropical Storm Arthur. It's expected to work its way north, just off the Florida coast.

And even though our state may not get hit by the storm, we're looking into other ways it may hurt us.

No direct hit is expected, but Florida could still sting from this.

Arthur will likely leave a mark in Florida in at least three major ways:

- Putting people at risk, especially at the beach.

- Causing property damage from wind and rain.

- And hurting tourism spending during one of the absolute biggest beach weekends of the year.

Waves are already getting dangerously rough from Cape Canaveral and Daytona Beach up north to Jacksonville.

At Flagler Beach, single red flags are up, showing swimmers that it's dicey to be in the water and amateurs need to stay out.

Rip current warnings are posted all along Florida's Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Lifeguards near Daytona say they've already been busier than usual helping people get out of the surf.

Arthur could be a hurricane before the end of the day Wednesday.

It's expected to rake Georgia and the Carolinas as we hit the July 4th holiday weekend.

Hotels around Savannah are 80 percent booked, but the people who count on this business know tourists may cancel their plans any time.

One city along North Carolina's beaches has already pushed back its 4th of July fireworks to the 5th of July.

They're hoping Arthur will have moved through by then.

Don't forget we have great tools to track Arthur here on wtsp.com, with the best interactive weather map around.


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