Tropical Storm Arthur crept closer to the coast of North Carolina on Sunday night, amid threats of several minor flooding and rough seas as the system moves from the southeast coast.
Arthur was formed on Saturday in Florida waters, marking the sixth year in a row that a named storm had developed before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane on June 1.
U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a tropical storm warning for the North Carolina Outer Banks on Sunday. At 8 pm EDT, the center of the storm is located about 210 miles (340 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Arthur has a sustained top wind of 45 mph (75 kph) and moves north-northeast at 10 mph (16 kph).
The weather forecast Arthur projected would stay far off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina overnight before approaching the coast of North Carolina, where rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is expected until Monday.
The typhoon center said Arthur was expected to move near or right east of the North Carolina coast on Monday and they turned away from the East Coast Monday night and Tuesday. On Sunday night, the storm that swirled outside in the rain approached the beach.
Tropical storm warnings were issued for parts of the coast of North Carolina, from Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
Michael Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, North Carolina, said tropical storms might occur along the coast, especially on the Outer Banks.
“Otherwise it will be heavy rain for much of North Carolina,” Lee said. “But the main threat that we are really trying to get out there is that there is an increased risk for dangerous rip currents today and tomorrow. So, anyone who wants to try going to the beach and getting into the water, we have a high risk for most of our beaches. “
The weather service said east North Carolina had to prepare for some local flooding and dangerous sea conditions along the coast.
“Small inundation from storm surges might occur in low-lying areas adjacent to oceans, sounds and rivers, with an abundance of sand dunes and flooding properties and highways possible for locations where sand dune structures are weak,” especially north of Cape Lookout, said weather service.
Dangerous coastal conditions and rip currents are expected to spread north from Florida to the central Atlantic states for the next few days.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged residents along the coast to pay attention to storms and “don’t take risks in dangerous waves.”
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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