July 3, 2014 at 6:50 AM
WEST ESSEX, NJ - Tropical storm “Arthur” didn’t waste any time ushering in the hurricane season. It’s possible the storm may affect plans for the Fourth of July up and down the East coast.
Ascending from Florida, it is projected that the storm will join forces with a cold front and more rains creating concerns of rough surf through Friday and rip current warnings from Rockaway Beach to Fire Island, NY. Due to predicted wave heights of four to seven feet accompanied by strong wind, The National Weather Service urges beachgoers to enter the water only in designated areas where lifeguards are on duty.
The chance of rain and thunderstorms on Thursday, July 3, is 70 percent, bringing one-half up to three-quarters of an inch to the area,
Though the storm is expected to linger for several days, there is still hope for the weekend. According to Severe Weather NJ, “The holiday weekend is actually looking downright awesome starting Friday afternoon, with isolated thunderstorms the primary concern.”
West Caldwell, Caldwell, Roseland and Essex Fells will present fireworks on Friday, July 4, at James Caldwell High School, Bonnel Field. Gates will open at 7:00 p.m., with entertainment provided by DJ Danny Duca. The cost of entry is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children ages 12 and under.