Red Cross on alert for Arthur

HARRISBURG – The American Red Cross is on alert as millions of people, including many from central Pennsylvania, head to the Atlantic shore for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, just as Tropical Storm Arthur heads toward the east Coast. The American Red Cross is preparing to respond if necessary and urges individuals and families who may be in the path of the storm to do the same and get ready now.

Arthur has sustained winds of 60 mph and is expected to strengthen. Hurricane and tropical storm watches are already up as far as North Carolina. Heavy rain, dangerous surf conditions and rip currents also pose a threat along the seaboard.

Red Cross chapters along the coast are working with local officials and have shelters, workers and relief supplies on standby in case they are needed. The National Hurricane Center says people north of the current watch areas should keep an eye on the storm as it moves north.

“We urge folks who may be in the path of this storm to get prepared – to check their emergency supplies, finalize their hurricane plans, and listen closely to local officials for updates on the storm,” said Ellen Kyzer, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Serving Central Pennsylvania. “Those heading to the beach should be especially careful and heed lifeguard warnings about rip currents.”