As 2.1 million New Englanders get ready to travel the East Coast, so too will another Fourth of July guest: Hurricane Arthur, a storm that is expected to reach Connecticut as early as Thursday night.

The storm was originally predicted to be a Tropical Storm, but is currently nearing level two hurricane status.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service shows Arthur currently stationed off the coast of South Carolina. If the storm continues to hold it’s current northeast trajectory of 10 mph, it will reach Connecticut by midday Friday, with winds between 74 and 110 mph.

Though the heart of the storm is not scheduled to reach the state until Friday, the National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Flash Flood Warning for Thursday night.

“The Doppler Radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph,” the National Weather Service reported. “These storms were located along a line extending from near Hartland to near Litchfield . . . and [were] moving east at 20 mph.”

Connecticut tides are expected to run one foot above normal, and rainfall is expected to total 1-3 inches across the state, which may cause local urban flooding.

Gov. Dannel P.  Malloy also has been monitoring the storm, and issued a press release Thursday reminding Connecticut residents to be watchful, but not overly concerned.

“Although the latest forecast does not have Arthur severely impacting the state, we need to continue to monitor the storm’s path,” Malloy said. “This storm is a great reminder that we need to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us as we move into the height of hurricane season.”

The Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, a division within the Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection, participates in ongoing National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storm’s track and provides updates to all municipalities and the tribal nations, according to the press release.

As far as festivities are concerned, some Connecticut towns remain optimistic, while others have already postponed their fireworks. According to city officials, fireworks have been postponed in New Haven, New Britain, Westport, Derby, Norwalk, Shelton, and Stratford, though some by only one day.