Severe thunderstorms have moved into the Washington area;however as of 5 pm the Capitol Police report that the Capitol 4th rehearsal is still set for 8 pm. There is no word of any change at this point. It is hoped that the storm will move out of the area before the rehearsal show starts.
Examiner. com is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as information becomes available. Lovers of the Capitol 4th are hoping for the best. Cellphone communications were disrupted as the report was being prepared. Examiner.com will keep its readers informed.
In 2001 there was a thunderstorm that required the Capitol Police to evacuate the concert area; but please note that as soon as the storm cleared the Capitol Police allowed concert goers to return to the Capitol Lawn. The present writer was with the crowds directed to the shelters during the storm and then was allowed to return to the concert grounds. There was no need to panic.
For all of the visitors who have travelled to Washington to attend the Capitol 4th concert the event is worth whatever precautions the Capitol Police will take to ensure everyone’s safety. The list of items that are not allowed on the grounds are included in the links to this article. The best way to clear security quickly and safely is not to bring anything to the West Lawn that is on the prohibited list.
The National Weather Service reports that tropical storm Arthur was upgraded to a hurricane early this morning and is forecast to move past the North Carolina Outer Banks tonight. Hurricane Watches and Warnings, along with Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings, remain in effect from southeast Virginia to South Carolina. In addition to coastal flooding, dangerous rip currents will impact much of the East Coast throughout this weekend due to Hurricane Arthur.
In the past storms have passed D.C. As of this writing the rehearsal is still on. Updates will follow.