OUTER BANKS, NC -- Some business owners in the Outer Banks of North Carolina are hopeful for an influx of visitors this holiday weekend despite an impending tropical storm.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Arthur will pass by Cape Hatteras sometime Friday morning, with the possibility of becoming a category 1 hurricane.
Meghan Sawyer of Logan's Ice Cream in Kill Devil Hills said she doesn't expect Arthur to deter people from visiting the Outer Banks, but worries her customers may stay indoors.
'We get a lot of money this week and then weeks after this it'll stay pretty busy,' said Sawyer. 'We'll prepare for that fact that it's not going to be busy, because if it rains people are just going to stay in their cottages and not come out.'
Like many businesses in the area, Sawyer is still hoping for a huge boost in the local economy during the holiday weekend.
Amory Jones of Kitty Hawk Kites said they depend on the 4th of July sales to keep their business afloat.
'A lot of businesses close down here during the winter. So, we do depend on a huge influx of people coming down here for the 4th of July,' said Jones.
Both businesses are monitoring the weather conditions closely.
'Storm systems move really quickly throughout the Outer Banks. It could be stormy one hour and nice one hour. But we just make people aware of safety and possible evacuations plans,' said Jones.
One event in the Outer Banks has already been rescheduled ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur. Cape Hatteras: July 4th Celebration in Avon is rescheduled for Monday, July 7.
'Due to the weekend turnovers with visitors coming to the island, a decision was made to postpone the fireworks show to Monday, July 7th to ensure that all residents and guests have ample time to prepare a proper celebration of Independence Day, complete with fireworks display, as planned,' organizers wrote on their facebook page Tuesday.