PIX11 WEATHER CENTER — Arthur is nearing hurricane strength as it makes it’s way north through the East Coast. It is located about 365 miles southwest from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, according the latest National Weather Service alert.
2 a.m. UPDATE: Arthur’s wind speeds have sustained themselves around 70 mph while traveling at eight miles per hour. It could become a hurricane by Thursday morning. The next update will come at 5 a.m.
Hurricane warnings were issued for the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Tropical Storm Warnings were issued in South Carolina and up coastline as far as Norfolk, Virginia.
Hurricane conditions are expected for the warned areas by Thursday night. In terms of storm surge, the Outer Banks are expected to be 2-4 feet at high tide. Rainfall amounts in Carolinas will be 2-4” with as much as 6 inches in a few spots through Friday
While Arthur isn’t going to hit us directly, its influence will be felt in our area. Arthur is bringing a lot of tropical moisture up the coast. That will only enhance the cold front by producing a lot more rain into our area. Periods of rain will develop by midday Thursday and will be locally heavy at times creating flash flooding.
The threat for heavy downpours continues through part of the July 4th holiday as Arthur tracks 200 miles south & east of our area. There is a good possibility that we may start to clear out by late afternoon which will be good for fireworks displays around the Tri-state Region. Rainfall amounts will generally be around 1-2”. Depending on where the heavy bands of rain develop, there could be a few spots that get well over 2”.
As stated before, since Arthur is expected to track 200 miles away from the city, winds are not expected to be that much of an issue, however, it will kick up the surf and rip currents across the ocean facing beaches will be dangerous.