Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Threat of tropical storm cancels events for N.C. July 4th Festival

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As Tropical Storm Colin threatens the southeastern coast, the N.C. July 4th Festival in Southport and Oak Island has canceled all Saturday events.

It announced the cancelation on its Facebook page July 2:

“Conditions are favorable for tropical storm conditions. The safety of Festival goers, vendors, volunteers, emergency workers and everyone is our highest priority.”

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The National Weather Service issued a warning around 7:30 a.m. for Calabash, Holden Beach and Southport. Peak wind conditions could be up to 40 miles per hour and rain accumulation could top 1 inch.

Potential impacts could include breakage of limbs and loose debris, toppling of fences and roadway signs. Some roads may be impacted with flooding as well from overflow of rivers, creeks, ditches and streams.

The NWD does not anticipate tornadoes; however, scattered power outages are possible.

The storm popped up off the coast during the early morning hours and have spurred warnings from Charleston, S.C., to Duck, N.C. A warning effect has been issued for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Tropical Storm Colin is expected to pass by Saturday afternoon, though strong rip currents will continue throughout the evening.

The N.C. July 4th Festival has not announced any changes for Sunday or Monday events. All events are listed here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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