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First Tropical Storm of the Season Threatens Fourth of July Activities

Cynthia Cumming

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 • 4:20pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Hurricane season officially began on June 1, and it appears that it may just put a damper on some of the Fourth of July activities planned all along the East coast.

Tropical storm "Arthur" is meandering its way up from Florida, and though forecasters are not at this time predicting any type of nor'easter, it is expected the storm will combine with a cold front and already predicted rains to create some rough surf through Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued rip current warnings along New York beaches from Rockaway to Fire Island and along the Jersey shore through Thursday.  Wave  heights of 4 to 7 feet along with wind could "pose a hazard." Enter the ocean only in areas where lifeguards are present.

West Orange can expect  possible isolated  rains and thunderstorms beginning July 1 in the late afternoon and early part of the evening. On Wednesday, July 2, a 40 per cent chance of showers and thunderstorms are possible after 2:00 pm and into the evening.

Rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day on Thursday, July 3, and heavy rains may bring one-half to three-quarters of an inch to the area. Chance of rain is 70 per cent.

The chance of rain decreases to 50 per cent on the Fourth of July. According to Severe Weather NJ, "The holiday weekend is actually looking downright awesome starting Friday afternoon," with isolated thunderstorms the primary concern.

As for the West Orange Fourth of July Festivities beginning with the July 2 Annual Throwback Baseball game at Degnan Park, 6:30 pm (WO Rec All-Stars v. Mountaintop); July 3 Downtown Music and Food Festival at Colgate Park, 7:00 pm featuring the Wayne Brown Band, food court, and the Annual Horseshoe competition; the Independence Day Celebration beginning at 6:30 pm with the Lefty Boland Fun Meet, DJ, games, and fireworks at West Orange High School,  973-243-1115 to check on possible rain dates. View the Rec Summer Newsletter at http://westorange.org/DocumentCenter/View/1408.

The National Weather Service is predicting a sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs of 82 degrees.

Tap Into West Orange will provide updates on possible cancellations and raindates as they become available.

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