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Arthur Cancels Vacations During Busiest Week of Year on Carolina Coast

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Hurricane Arthur picked an awful week to mess with the Carolina coast. The Category Two Hurricane arrived on the eve of Fourth of July, traditionally the busiest time of year for vacation rental companies.

Jordan Daniels, Marketing Manager for Blue Water Vacation Rentals and Real Estate in Emerald Isle, said, “This is our peak time, and this is our biggest week actually. We are fully rented.”

Daniels said they've had a small number of cancellations. She added, “We're just taking it as it comes. We can't avoid it, nor can we dictate how mother nature's going to choose to spend summer with us.”

If you have to pack up and go home during your vacation because of a mandatory evacuation, you’ll want to know beforehand about your rental company’s cancellation policies. Tom Crosby, spokesperson for AAA Carolinas, said, “There are some places that are going to be closed. Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks will be closed. People will be able to get a refund there. Other places they may not honor a cancellation policy taken this close to the hurricane.”

AAA Carolinas says, in general, if there is a mandatory evacuation, you should be able to get your money back, but you definitely want to check before you book your trip, and you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance.

Crosby said, “It's always too late once it's an announced weather pattern that may impact where you're going. You cannot purchase insurance to cover that. It's like saying, ‘Guess what my house is going to burn down tomorrow night. It's going to be hit by lightning. Not going to work.”

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