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Boat owners told to secure boats as Hurricane Arthur approaches

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While Hurricane Arthur poses the greatest threat to the Outer Banks, parts of Virginia's coast may feel the effects.

That means boat owners, who live in the Richmond metro area are being told to secure their boats that may be docked in places like Deltaville.

Jared Jamison's family was ready to set sail to Cape Charles in celebration of his son's seventh birthday.  But the threat of Hurricane Arthur is delaying this vacation for the family from Midlothian.  "The only concern we would really have is if it turns west and starts coming back up through the bay, then it's going to make for a pretty rough go up here," says Jamison.

They're going to bring the party below deck and will stay in the marina.  But the kids have a Plan B.  "I will play with my Legos and tell jokes," says seven year old Smith Jamison.

The Sting Ray Point Marina manager Lisa Murrow started warning boat owners about the storm earlier this week.

"Storm surge is one of our biggest enemies," says Murrow.  "Anything can happen, anything loose on the dock can become airborne."

Another big concern is losing electricity. 

"It's just all the normal things you worry about at home except you're floating," says Kenn Juul from Williamsburg.  The Juuls are avid sailors and aren't taking chances.  "You're stressed a little bit, all the time when the storm is coming like this," says his wife Vicki.

Murrow says the bottom line is, it's a boat owner's responsibility to make sure the boat isn't damaged during a storm. 

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