Tropical storm trouble: Holiday travel plans hang in balance for some

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CLEVELAND -- Mother Nature may have her own "fireworks" planned for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The first tropical storm of the season has people from Northeast Ohio headed to the East Coast concerned they may have to change their vacation plans.

Update: Arthur reached hurricane status on July 3, 2014. 
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Brion Tisdale of University Heights is among 41 million Americans traveling this week. His plan is to meet friends in Jacksonville, North Carolina Thursday and then go on to Myrtle Beach. But, he may be getting there just as forecasters predict Tropical Storm Arthur may intensify to hurricane strength as it travels up the Carolina coast. "If I can beat the storm, that will be amazing. It really would, because I hate to be in that. I really do," Tisdale said.

Robert Ross with AAA said it’s recommended that people don’t drive in a storm. “Just wait and be safe," he said.

It’s also suggested that vacationers monitor the storm’s path and be prepared to change plans if necessary. "One of the things we recommend is downloading our AAA app, in case they have to make some alternative plans they can do that online, if they have to make some other arrangements such as a hotel that's unexpected or find a restaurant," Ross added.

Trip insurance can also protect travelers from vacation plan cancellations, delays or interruptions, especially since one can’t predict what Mother Nature has planned.