Tropical Storm Arthur hits North Carolina coast with rain

Pablo Tucker
May 19, 2020

Tropical Storm Arthur was bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the North Carolina coast on Monday before it heads out to sea.

Unsafe coastal surf conditions and rip currents are also expected to spread north up the Atlantic coast over the next couple days before the storm is predicted to make a sharp right turn out to the ocean, the National Hurricane Center said. This means it will be another cool day, even cooler than Monday. Wind gusts of 40 miles per hour were also reported in Avon on Monday morning, however final totals for wind gusts and rainfall due to Arthur will likely be available after the storm has left the N.C. region. "Locally higher amounts are possible where heavy rain is the most persistent, with an AccuWeather Local StormMax for rainfall of 6 inches", Kottlowski said. Roy Cooper urged residents to pay close attention to the first significant tropical threat of the season.

Governor Urges Caution at Coast as Arthur Approaches North Carolina

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Surf City north to Duck, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

"People in the eastern part of our state should remain cautious, especially while driving in areas where water may collect on roads", he said at a news conference.

One area in particular forecasters are anxious about is Ocracoke Island, which suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Dorian back in September. "Pay close attention to the forecast and don't take chances in risky surf". These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of these regions. Risky marine conditions are also expected, with seas building to 8-10 feet, creating treacherous conditions for mariners. It will remain a tropical storm Monday, and then it becomes a post-tropical storm by Tuesday.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and Arthur is its first tropical storm in 2020.

The system is projected to come within 35 miles from the island on Thursday morning after breaking down. A northeast wind keeps the coast in the 50s.

AccuWeather meteorologists say there are now no other organized tropical system in the Atlantic and any new development is not expected through at least early next week.

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