The first tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season is getting stronger Tuesday and could affect the Carolinas as a hurricane by Thursday and it could put a damper in holiday vacation plans.
On North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said they would close Cape Lookout National Seashore at 5 p.m. Wednesday and reopen when it's safe.
The motel Shutters on the Banks in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., was booked for the holiday weekend despite forecasts for potentially heavy rain, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes late Thursday and Friday, general manager John Zeller said.
"We have received some cancellations but not too many," he said. "Basically we are telling people to kind of wait and see what happens."
The motel has a 72-hour advance notice on cancellations, but Zeller said it will be waived if the storm tracks toward the area or warnings are issued.
WFMY News 2 crews are headed to the Atlantic Beach area and will have the latest at 5p, 5:30p, 6p and 11pm today.
Related: WFMY News 2 Hurricane Guide