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Strong winds of the tropical storm Arthur hit the Chetumal Bay, Quinta Roo, Sunday June 1, 2008. Excited for the Fourth of July? Got some exciting plans? Mother Nature may have something to say about it.

Excited for that Fourth of July parade?

Some may want to bring an umbrella — especially on the East Coast.

The season’s first tropical storm is set to hit Florida later this week and could easily impact the Fourth of July plans for many Floridians and those on the coast, The Baltimore Sun reported. The storm, named Arthur, is projected to climb up the East and hit close to the Carolinas, The Sun reported.

“With no tropical storms formed yet this year, a month into hurricane season, it is the first time since 2004 without an Atlantic tropical cyclone in May or June,” according to The Sun. “But the developing system suggests we won't go as long without a tropical storm as in that year, when the first named system didn't develop until the end of July.”

The storm’s impact may climb even higher than the Carolinas, according to CNN. It’s expected to hit New York and Boston with some showers over the weekend, putting to rest many Fourth of July plans where the heart of the Revolutionary War took place more than 200 years ago, CNN reported.

“Washington will likely get wet, but it's unclear just how torrential the downpour could be or how it might affect the July Fourth holiday … winds won't get fiercer than 20 to 25 mph in the nation's capital,” CNN reported.

So, some, but not all, July 4 celebrations might get shutdown.

Eric Holthaus of Slate wrote Tuesday about all the ways a hurricane can ruin the upcoming weekend, and it’s especially dismal for the Carolinas when a heavy amount of tourists flood the streets to soak up the sun.

“If a hurricane does hit the Outer Banks this week, the timing couldn’t be worse,” Holthaus wrote. “It’s peak tourist season, and the population of the chain of barrier islands has swelled from its normal 35,000 to likely more than 250,000.”

Holthaus also outlined a projected timeline of events for the tropical storm. It’s expected to pass through Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, climb through Maryland, New Jersey, New York City and then eventually reach Canada before fizzing out. This doesn’t bode well for some of the better Fourth of July celebrations listed on The Huffington Post.

And, according to Holthaus, an Air Force reserve airplane will be flying by the tropical storm to determine the strength and possible damage of the storm, possibly creating even more difficulties.

“The only good news here is that Arthur will be moving relatively quickly when it makes its closest approach to North Carolina,” Holthaus wrote. “The worst of the accompanying wind and rain should last no more than 12 hours. But when you’re talking about a hurricane brushing up against a barrier island (near North Carolina), it’s storm surge that’s the biggest threat.”

Maybe Tim Howard will block it.

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