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Chatham residents declare victory before Arthur

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People in Chatham hit the beach before Hurricane Arthur is expected to hit. People in Chatham hit the beach before Hurricane Arthur is expected to hit.
Chatham 4th of July Parade. July 4th, 2014. Chatham 4th of July Parade. July 4th, 2014.
Flags at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham warn of pending storm. July 4th, 2014 Flags at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham warn of pending storm. July 4th, 2014
Chatham 4th of July Parade. July 4th, 2014 Chatham 4th of July Parade. July 4th, 2014
CHATHAM, Mass. (WHDH) - Victory was declared in Chatham as the 4th of July parade went on as scheduled despite the Tropical Storm warning. 

"Chatham won once again." said Johnny Forger. 

The weather held off Friday morning for Chatham's Annual 4th of July Parade. Festive crowds in their red, white and blue lined the parade route to watch everything from clowns to firemen march by.

"I have a lot of 4th of July decorations, and I wore them all." said one parade goer.

Residents enjoyed the 4th of July fun while they still could as flags flying at Lighthouse beach warned of the pending storm.

The weather is expected to turn as Arthur heads up the coast. The fog is rolling in and officials have shut down the beach for swimming due to low visibility. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Association is cautioning swimmers to stay aware of rip currents.

"Most of the east-facing beaches have more of an issue with the current and the undertow. As the storm is approaching you can see it's picked up the wind here a little bit," said Vince Gulotta, beach supervisor at Chatham Beach Patrol.

Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith is recommending that everyone monitor the weather and put out extra lines for their boats. Because even with Hurricane Arthur several miles out to sea, he will be felt on the Cape and the islands.

"People should pay attention to the lifeguards and the flag system in various communities on the east side of the Cape," said Smith.

You can track the storm live here using our interactive radar.

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