July 4th festivities still on in Elizabeth City

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jul 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-03 18:18:18-04

[ooyala code=”pvcWdvbjoNmxVy_pzFx1MUFRKJDsZo8w” player_id=”55ce3a06495346ddb20768902d1e991c”]Regarding Hurricane Arthur’s current path, officials with the Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management team don’t expect a huge problem.

At this point, Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders believes the Pasquotank-Camden area should be far enough away and on the wrong side of the storm for winds to reach Hurricane speeds.

But, Saunders also knows things could change at any moment. That’s why she says she’s been in constant contact with federal and state partners who are closely watching Arthur’s movement.

Hurricane season is something Saunders says they prepare for far in advance. So, should Arthur shift bringing Pasquotank and Camden counties closer to its destructive path, she says they’re ready to put their planning and training to good use.

In that case, Saunders explains, they would beef up staffing of their emergency operations center. Incident management teams would then coordinate the response sending crews to the hardest hit areas.

Right now, Saunders expects possibly up to two inches of rain and sustained winds of 25-30 mph with 40 mph gusts– not enough to put a damper on Independence Day activities planned for Friday night just yet.