Shore towns gear up for Hurricane Arthur

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LONG BEACH (PIX11)-- The wind on the Long Beach boardwalk made it difficult to stand still Thursday night.

On the eve of the July 4th holiday, instead of gearing up for a great beach day, many shore communities are gearing up for a possible storm and bad water conditions.

Long Beach Chief of Lifeguards, Paul Gillespie, told us there's a tough call ahead of him.

"We might have to close the water one of those days," Gillespie said.

On a July 4th weekend, if it happens, Gillespie said he's never had to close the water before. That's how serious they're taking this.

"There's going to be a lot of angry people because they think they can handle the situation and they really can't," said Gillespie.

In North Carolina, they're gearing up for Hurricane Arthur.

"The best thing to do is keep yourself out of harm's way so you don't put any of the guard or any safety personnel lives in jeopardy," North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said.

On Long Beach, Long Island, they're  hoping Mother's Nature wrath doesn't decide to vacation here this holiday.

Gillespie said he hopes people talk to the swimmers.