Tropical storm Arthur is expected to bring tropical storm weather to the region late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Arthur is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over coastal North Carolina tonight and Monday, with locally higher amounts. Swells generated by Arthur are affecting portions of the east coast of Central and North Florida. These swells are expected to spread northward during the next few days, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of the U.S. southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts.

Tropical Storm Arthur is centered at 8 a.m. EDT about 355 miles (575 km) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It’s moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected to occur during the next 24 to 48 hours. On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina today, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center. Some strengthening is forecast to occur during the next 48 hours. Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Surf City to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sound. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area on Monday.

Here is the issued warning by the National Weather Service.

Tropical Storm Warning
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
634 AM EDT Sun May 17 2020

Alligator River-Pamlico Sound-Pamlico and Pungo Rivers-
Neuse and Bay Rivers-
S of Currituck Beach Light to Oregon Inlet NC out 20 nm-
S of Oregon Inlet to Cape Hatteras NC out 20 nm-
S of Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Inlet NC out 20 nm
including the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary-
S of Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Lookout NC out 20 nm-
S of Cape Lookout to N of Surf City NC out 20 nm-Albemarle Sound-
Croatan and Roanoke Sounds-
634 AM EDT Sun May 17 2020


  • WHAT…For the coastal waters: Northeast winds 30 to 40 kt with
    gusts up to 55 kt, becoming northwest in the afternoon, and seas
    6 to 10 ft. For the sounds and rivers: northeast winds 20 to 30
    kt with gusts to 45 kt, becoming northwest in the afternoon,
    and very rough waters.
  • WHERE…Portions of the adjacent Atlantic coastal waters,
    Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke and Pamlico Sounds and
    Alligator, Neuse and Bay and Pamlico and Pungo Rivers.
  • WHEN…Late tonight through Monday afternoon.
  • IMPACTS…Very strong winds will cause hazardous seas which
    could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.


Mariners should alter plans to avoid these hazardous conditions.
Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the
vessel for severe conditions.

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