Tropical Storm Arthur forms off coast of Florida, warning issued for North Carolina
The first named storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday, and could pose a threat to the Outer Banks by Monday.(NOAA)
The first named storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday, and could pose a threat to the Outer Banks by Monday.
Arthur has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph as of 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the NHC, but the storm is expected to strengthen as the day goes on.
The storm, currently moving north-northeast at about 9 mph, should stay “well offshore” the east coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina Sunday before moving closer to North Carolina on Monday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect in North Carolina between Surf City and Duck NC, as well as the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
Arthur could generate 1 to 3 inches of rain in North Carolina by Monday and “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of the U.S. southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts," according to the NHC.
In what is expected to be a busy hurricane season, Arthur has beaten the official start date of June 1.
This is now the sixth consecutive year that a storm has formed before hurricane season begins.
The first named storm of the 2019 hurricane season, Andrea, formed four days later than Arthur, on May 21.