Tropical Storm Drenches North Carolina’s Coast

Pablo Tucker
May 21, 2020

Tropical Storm Arthur dropped heavy rain on parts of eastern North Carolina Monday as forecasters issued warnings about strong winds and surf throughout the day.

In 2018, tropical storm Alberto made a late May landfall along the Florida Panhandle, and made it all the way to lower MI in the north before dispersing.

The US National Hurricane Center said Arthur is expected to move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday and they turn away from the East Coast on Monday night and Tuesday.

National Weather Service Issues Warning For NC Coast Ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur

NWS officials are reminding all residents in Atlantic Coast states to start preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 55 miles (85 kilometers) east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 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.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said conditions were stable apart from some minor flooding in the Outer Banks, and no other serious problems had been reported to the state, but he warned that people should remain cautious around the water even as the storm pushes out to sea. Other secondary roads had flooded.

The Bermuda Weather Service forecast for today said: "Tropical Storm Arthur will pass to our distant northwest tomorrow before it is then projected to re-curve and possibly pass to our near north as a post-tropical system".

Still, he warned that surf conditions will remain unsafe and advised people to be cautious around the water even as the storm pushes out to sea.

Forecasters said rough surf could continue for another day or two.

While hurricane season begins June 1, storms sometimes form earlier.

A lot of these out-of-season storms are weak ones that meteorologists can detect because of satellites and other technology, but comparable storms would have been missed in an earlier era, Klotzbach said.

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