Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to hit beaches on Fourth of July weekend
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Hurricane Arthur is making its way up the East Coast, and the timing of that storm could not be worse--as more than 1 million Virginians are expected to travel for the holiday weekend. Many are heading to the beaches, where the storm is expected to be strongest.
“We’re expecting a record-number of Virginians to travel this year, the most in 13 years. And at the least perfect time, here comes 'Awful Arthur' as we've learned to call him around here,” said Martha Meade, AAA Mid-Atlantic.
The storm is making its way up the East Coast, and a hurricane warning, has been issued for the North Carolina Outer Banks.
So before you head out, AAA says you should check with your hotel or destination for its cancellation policy
"24 hours can make the difference between a full refund, a half refund or no refund at all,” said Meade.
Even if you have traveler's insurance---that usually does not cover acts of nature.
“If you are headed to the beach and your hotel is still open, you're likely not going to be covered with travelers insurance,” said Meade.
The same goes for car rentals.
"They're going to have cancellation penalties and they often require several days if not a week's notice,” said Meade.
Most importantly if you're headed toward the hurricane, pay attention to the forecast and listen to warnings. "It would be much better to wait a day and get to your destination safely than to drive in the middle of a hurricane,” said Meade.
AAA released a list of tips to keep in mind before you travel this weekend.