Beach intact after Arthur and ready for Fourth


The town of Wrightsville Beach survived a night of downpours and gusting 60-mph winds unscathed and awoke to a calm Fourth of July morning after Hurricane Arthur brushed the Cape Fear coast.

While there was some erosion on the newly renourished beach strand, a majority of the sand remained intact with plenty of room to handle the Fourth of July crowds.

The beach was already busy with those hoping to beat the crowds by 7 a.m. and the Wrightsville Beach Public Works Department was busy setting up a command center for law enforcement underneath Johnnie Mercer’s Pier.

Another command center will be established at the United States Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach with every law enforcement agency in New Hanover County focused on keeping an eye on Wrightsville Beach, Masonboro Island and Masons Inlet.

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