4,800 Flights Delayed in Storm

    Tropical Storm Arthur is pictured off the east coast of Florida in this July 1, 2014 NASA handout satellite photo. Arthur was expected to reach hurricane strength by Thursday, dousing some July 4 holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds. Picture taken July 1, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3WU7B


    Nearly 5,000 flights have been delayed and another 1,149 are canceled as Tropical Storm Arthur descends upon the East Coast. It's now expected to be a Category 2 hurricane with its maximum winds hitting 90 mph, with the big danger being the rip currents it will generate after passing. As of 7 p.m. EST, the storm was moving inland from 35 miles off Cape Fear, North Carolina, with a hurricane warning issued across most of the state. "This is not a landfall-problem hurricane. This is a rip-current-problem hurricane," said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. For example, when Hurricane Bertha was 1,000 miles from the shore in New Jersey and Maryland, its back-flowing water caused 1,500 lifeguard rescues in one week in Ocean City.

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