U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a tropical storm warning for the North Carolina Outer Banks in advisory Sunday at 5 a.m. At that time, the center of the storm was about 380 miles (610 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Arthur has a top wind speed of 40 mph (65 kph) and moves north-northeast at 9 mph (14 kph), slowing down slightly from 13 mph (20 kph).
The weather forecast said Arthur would remain off the coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina on Sunday and then approach the North Carolina coast on Monday, where rain would fall 1-3 inches on Sunday nights and Monday.
Tropical storm warnings are issued for parts of the coast of North Carolina, from Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
Dangerous coastal conditions and rip currents are expected to spread north from Florida to the central Atlantic states for the next few days.
While there may be components of water heating and climate change in other pre-June storms, Arthur is more a subtropical hurricane system than a traditional named storm and the water is colder than what is normally required for storm formation, said Colorado State University hurricanes. Researcher Phil Klotzbach.
Many of the storms outside this season are weak storms that can be seen by meteorologists now because satellites and technology are better and will be lost in earlier times, Klotzbach said. Like most hurricanes earlier than usual, Arthur will likely remain offshore, but could be relatively close to the coast of North Carolina on Monday, Klotzbach said.
The hurricane season officially starts June 1.
Local forecasters in the Bahamas say rain has fallen on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, which are still struggling to recover after being hit by a Category 5 storm last year. However, no floods were reported when the depression swirled in the northwest of the islands and is expected to head to the high seas when it strengthens.
Officials say they are ready to evacuate patients currently housed in tents in Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian damaged the island’s hospital, but forecasters say most of the lightning storms are located north and east of the depression and are not expected to affect the region. .
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