Tropical Storm Arthur Nearing Hurricane Strength

Hurricane warnings have been issued for the North Carolina coast as Tropical Storm Arthur continues to strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean.

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was located about 160 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Maximum sustained winds had increased to 70 miles per hour, just below Category 1 hurricane strength. The storm was moving north at 8 mph.

While the storm avoided South Florida, some of the storm’s bands were bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the area through the end of the week.

At 5pm the active watches and warnings ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur were as follows:

Hurricane Warning:

  • Surf City northward to Duck
  • Pamlico Sound
  • Eastern Albemarle Sound

Hurricane Watch:

  • Little River Inlet to south of Surf City

Tropical Storm Warning:

  • South Santee River, South Carolina to south of Surf City, NC
  • North of Duck to Cape Charles Light, Virginia not including Cheasepeake Bay
  • Western Albemarle Sound

The National Hurricane Center said Arthur is expected to turn to the north-northeast overnight and then to the northeast on Thursday. The storm should approach the South and North Carolina coasts in the next 24-36 hours.

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