Tropical Storm Arthur will track near the Outer Banks

Pablo Tucker
May 20, 2020

Tropical Storm Arthur is located 345 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving to the north-northeast at 9 mph (15 km/h).

Arthur is expected to turn away from the east coast and should lose its "tropical characteristics" on Tuesday, the National Weather Service says.

Arthur's formation two weeks before the official start of the 2020 hurricane season on June 1 lends credence to projections of a busy year in the tropics.

So far the impact of Tropical Storm Arthur has been felt in South Florida, with areas such as Miami and Ft.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the North Carolina coast from Surf City to Duck and includes the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

Along the North Carolina Outer Banks, the worst conditions are expected Monday morning, when Arthur's center may come very close to the shoreline.

Life-threatening surf and rip currents will spread along U.S. East coast beaches in the days ahead as Tropical Storm Arthur kicks up ocean swells offshore, the National Hurricane Center warned on Monday.

The storm unleashed heavy rain and gusty winds across the eastern part of the state while generating risky surf conditions and rip currents.

Arthur was expected to intensify as it moved northeastward away from the East Coast early this week. In 1970, it generally arrived in early July, but now the average date of the first storm is about a month earlier. Patients are being cared for in tents in Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian damaged the island's hospital.

The first tropical system of the year in the Atlantic developed on Saturday.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could embody above-average exercise. All indicators are pointing to extra exercise than common this season, due primarily to the absence of El Niño, with much less hostile wind shear, together with hotter than common sea-surface temperatures. The stalling front should keep the chance for rain in the forecast Thursday and Friday.

The NWS's Newport/Morehead office, which covers the Outer Banks, expects winds between 25 and 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 mph.

Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and different specialists from Colorado State University - among the many nation's high seasonal hurricane forecasters - predict 16 named tropical storms will kind, eight of which is able to grow to be hurricanes.

Most of the May storms have been weak and uneventful.

The names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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