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Arthur Now A Hurricane, Rain, High Tides in July 4 Forecast

Hurricane Arthur tracker. Courtesy: National Weather Service

SEA BRIGHT: Tropical Storm Arthur has been upgraded to a hurricane as its maximum sustained winds are over 75 mph.

The hurricane is expected to bring high tides and mix with a local cold front to create heavy rain in our area Thursday into Friday morning.

Sea Bright issued a Nixle alert on Wednesday evening warning residents of increased high tides and rip currents associated with Hurricane Arthur.

"With Tropical Storm Arthur moving up the coast, we can expect heavy rain and windy conditions starting Thursday," the alert states. "In addition, be alert to a strong Rip Current at least through Sunday. This storm will be well off shore but the effects could cause some flooding at times of high tide. Please be aware of high tide times and move any vehicles to higher ground prior to the anticipated high tide."

National Weather Service Mount Holly issued a weather briefing on Thursday afternoon stating that the hurricane will likely by 200-250 miles offshore when it passes New Jersey.

The briefing states that "showers and thunderstorms are expected to taper off on Friday as Arthur moves away from the area" and that "generally rain-free conditions are expected Friday evening just in time for any fireworks displays."

The following is the latest weather forecast from the National Weather Service:

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Light southeast wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night: Occasional showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 70. South wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Independence Day: Showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then showers likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 80. North wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night: Showers likely before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 64. North wind 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

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