With Elsa, it’s watch and wait for businesses, residents, tourists in Emerald Isle

Crystal Coast

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCT) — After a busy Fourth of July weekend that saw people running around the Crystal Coast and having fun, now comes the hard part.

The waiting.

“The summer is just starting so we do not know what is in store for us,” said 15-year-old Emerald Isle local Glenda Rich.

There’s not much residents, visitors and business owners can do but see what the remnants of Elsa will bring to the area on Thursday. The storm made landfall in Florida and was moving up the East Coast on Wednesday.

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“I hope we do not have a tornado, I hope it is just a tropical with some rain, probably have a little flooding,” Rich said.

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With the current path of the storm expected to move further to the western part of our state, the wait is on to see what kind of weather the Crystal Coast will get. Oceanfront business Sunset Slush, owned by Adam Sutton and his wife, said they will play it by ear. He said it is business as usual for now but has generators in case of loss of power.

He said it has been a busy week for the business and he wants to be able to continue serving his customer base.

We have generators in place just in case we lose power … other than that, I don’t think it is going to be that bad of a storm this time.

Adam Sutton, Sunset Slush Owner

Sutton has been through storms before. His business lost power during Hurricane Isaias but only for a couple of hours.

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