Looking at the Carolina Beach on the Fourth of July, you would never guess that Hurricane Arthur blew through the area just 24 hours ago.
However, local businesses say their check books are feeling the pain, losing thousands of dollars in business because during one of the busiest sales weeks of the year.
"We lost out on some rental sales and everything because of the strong winds and the weather," Tyler Switzer with Pleasure Island Rentals said. "Vacationers who were suppose to leave today ended up leaving two days ago in preparation of Hurricane Arthur."
"Being that this is our busiest day, weekend of the year, was difficult, but the weather just kept getting worse so we just had to close up and can't fight mother nature," Lou Bello with Krazy Kones said.
Some businesses picked July to open for the first time, hoping that traffic from locals and vacationers alike would be a great kick off for their business.
"There's already a line coming into the beach," Staci Murray with The Last Resort said. "I think we'll do really good. We've got some great music tonight."
Shops and restaurants are glad Hurricane Arthur swept through the area quickly though, leaving a bright Fourth of July to make up for the sales they lost because of the wind and rain.
"Overall we're very optimistic the business throughout the whole entire season," Tony Silvagni with Tony Silvagni's Surf School said. "We just love enjoying sharing the love of surfing with many others."
Businesses say they couldn't ask for better weather on the Fourth of July, and they are hoping to cash in on the sunshine!
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