JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tropical Storm Arthur crawled closer to the North Carolina coast early Monday, amid threats of some minor flooding and rough seas as the system moves off the Southeast seaboard.
Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a tropical storm warning for North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sunday. At 11 a.m. Monday, the storm’s center was located about 20 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Arthur had top sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving to the north-northeast at 16 mph.
Tropical Storm Arthur formed Saturday evening off the Florida coast as the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.
Early this week, Tropical Storm Arthur is forecast to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic and likely pass near Bermuda.
The full 11 a.m. Monday statement from the NHC:
“At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located near latitude 35.1 North, longitude 75.2 West. Arthur is moving toward the north-northeast near 16 mph (26 km/h). A turn toward the northeast is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the east on Tuesday. A slower southeast or south-southeast motion is forecast to begin Tuesday night and continue through Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Arthur will begin moving away from the North Carolina Outer Banks this afternoon. Arthur is then forecast to turn away from the east coast of the United States tonight and Tuesday.”
There will be minimal impact on weather in Northeast Florida beyond higher surf and risk for rip currents along our beaches.