Governor Cooper urges caution as first tropical system of season approaches

Tropical Storm Arthur track map 7 p.m. CDT Sunday

The storm was unleashing heavy rain and gusty winds across the eastern part of the state while also generating unsafe surf conditions and rip currents.

The center of the storm is expected to move near the coast for the next few hours, and bring up to 3 inches of rain and tropical storm force winds to coastal areas.

The weather pattern to begin the week will be due to an upper level low out toward Illinois/Indiana being blocked (or slow to move east) due to Tropical Storm Arthur in the Atlantic. Expect stronger winds near the coast (15-25G40) and the strongest winds on the southern Outer Banks (35-45G60). Patients are being cared for in tents in Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian damaged the island's hospital.

"Everyone in our coastal areas should remain aware and cautious as Arthur brushes our coast on Monday", said Governor Cooper. By the end of the week it will turn cooler, windier and more unsettled from the west, thanks to low pressure, spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Arthur, heading our way. "Pay close attention to the forecast and don't take chances in risky surf".

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.

The rating for Arthur on the AccuWeather RealImpact Scale for Hurricanes will be less than one.

Despite expectations, Arthur hasn't strengthened much and had winds of 45 miles per hour Monday morning, making it a minimal tropical storm.

The timing of Arthur coincided with North Carolina's first phase of its reopening strategy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Arthur is expected to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday as it heads out to sea.

It's another early start for the Atlantic hurricane season: Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1.

"The non-tropical version of Arthur could still remain a well-defined storm system into Wednesday, but it should weaken as it passes near or over Bermuda Thursday morning", Kottlowski said.

As of Monday at 2 p.m., Arthur had picked up speed and was moving northeast, away from the coast, at 16 miles per hour.



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