Vacationers Stay at NC Coast Despite Hurricane Arthur

EMERALD ISLE – The warnings of rip currents and surges weren't enough to keep some beach-goers away from the North Carolina coast this week. People are riding out Hurricane Arthur so they can enjoy the rest of the Fourth of July Holiday weekend by the water. But, they didn't stay without some storm prep.

Eric Searls from Greensboro is with his family on Emerald Isle. He said they made sure they had plenty of food, water and movies for the kids.

"We had considered putting boards on the house, but at this point, really not many people had so we held off doing that. But other than that, we just brought in all the other furniture in from outside," Searls said.

He said his family decided to stay on the island partly because of where the house he is staying at is located.

"We're a little bit elevated we've been through this before. We knew it was going to be fast moving and hopefully we won't sustain much damage and we can enjoy the rest of the weekend," Searls said.

Ross Spain, who's staying at Atlantic Beach, said he spent Thursday afternoon working to protect some fragile inventory.

"We've got an antique store down here. So, we wrapped everything in plastic, moved everything away from the windows. Put buckets under where we think it may leak," Spain said.

They both said heavy rains and wind were the main things they noticed with the storm Thursday evening.

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