Bring rain gear to 4th parade


Hurricane Arthur increased in strength overnight, becoming a category 2 storm as it hit North Carolina's Outer Banks. The hurricane, which will pass south of Rhode Island late Friday night, is expected to push heavy rain and thunderstorms into Rhode Island today, possibly raining on the parade.

The heavy downpours, which could produce up to three inches of rain across Rhode Island, is expected to begin in the late morning or early afternoon. Thunderstorms, high wind gusts and extremely dangerous surf are anticipated with the storm Friday afternoon through the evening.

With the 4th of July parade scheduled to step off at 10:30 a.m., there's a good chance the bands and dignitaries will be sloshing through puddles by the time the end of the parade reaches the review stand on High Street early this afternoon. Parade goers are advised to be prepared for the wet conditions.

The rain may be a blessing to marchers and viewers alike, cooling things off from the hot, humid conditions over the last couple days. Temperatures are expected to peak in the low 80s today. Once the storm passes, the region is in for a gorgeous weekend with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s Saturday and Sunday


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