Tracking the Tropics: T.S. Arthur continues to strengthen near Outer Banks

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Hurricane season may not begin until June 1st, however we now have the season’s first named system. Tropical Storm Arthur developed off the east coast of Florida late Saturday night.

As of 11 AM Monday, Tropical Storm Arthur was located about 20 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The tropical storm has strengthened with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with wind gusts of 65 mph. The storm is tracking north-northeast at 16 mph. From the last advisory, the air pressure has dropped slightly.

11 AM Monday Advisory from the National Hurricane Center

Arthur will begin to move away from the coastal North Carolina area through Monday afternoon. At the most, the Outer Banks will have tropical storm force wind, a small storm surge, and periods of heavy rain.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect along the North Carolina Coast. Areas highlighted in orange could see winds between 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. They could also see storm surge up to 2 feet as well as 2-4″ of rain, with locally higher rain totals.

Arthur will turn more to the east Tuesday, drifting southwest toward Bermuda as a depression or remnant area of low pressure by Wednesday or Thursday.

5 AM Monday forecast track from the National Hurricane Center

A tropical storm warning has also been issued for 20nm to 250nm off the South Carolina coast where easterly winds of 30-40 knots are expected. Seas will be between 7-12 feet.

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