Tropical Storm Arthur affecting travel plans

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Travelers along Interstate 40 heading to the coast for the 4th of July weekend say it will be a weekend of adjusting thanks to Tropical Storm Arthur.

The storm is forecasted to affect parts of the coastline on Independence Day.

“They said 80 percent chance it would be a hurricane and I was like ‘that’s my odds,’” said Steve Pierce, who is heading home to Greenville for the first time in five years.

Pierce had planned to take his daughters to the beach on July 4th but that could now have to change. “We will just have to be flexible with our schedule I guess,” he said.

At one point AAA of the Carolinas expected more than a million travelers on North Carolina’s highways this weekend, the most in 13 years, but that number could now change.

“It’s come up so fast it’s caught people off guard,” said Neil Doroshenko, with AAA Carolinas, who says they expected to get a lot of calls starting Wednesday as families look at the forecast and adjust their schedule.

Doroshenko advises if you plan to cancel your vacation due to the storm, check with your hotel or rental company first as many have strict cancellation policy’s.

“Depending on how severe the conditions are, if an evacuation is called for, it’s up to the individual hotels to determine whether or not they are going to let people out of their reservations,” said Doroshenko. “Generally speaking, in an emergency situation, the hotels are pretty lax on it.”

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