Tropical Storm Warnings issued for Tropical Storm Arthur

First Atlantic Tropical Storm of 2020 is expected to move further out into the Atlantic ocean over the next few days.

Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:04:41 PM +00:00

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for much of the North Carolina coastline in preperation for Tropical Storm Arthur, the first tropical storm in the Atlantic for 2020. The storm is expected to track up the eastern seaboard before moving northeastward out into the Atlantic ocean later this week.

The National Hurricane Center issued the following bulletin on 05/17/2020 08:00 EST:

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WTNT31 KNHC 171153
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BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Arthur Intermediate Advisory Number 3A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL012020
800 AM EDT Sun May 17 2020

...ARTHUR MOVING NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD...


SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...30.3N 77.4W
ABOUT 355 MI...575 KM SSW OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 15 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1002 MB...29.59 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Surf City to Duck NC
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the
next 24 to 36 hours.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was
located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 77.4 West. Arthur is
moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h).  A turn
toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected
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. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km)
from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical
Storm Warning area on Monday.

RAINFALL: Arthur is expected to produce total rain accumulations of
1 to 3 inches over coastal North Carolina tonight and Monday,
with locally higher amounts.

SURF:  Swells generated by Arthur are affecting portions of
the southeast U.S. coast and are expected to spread northward along
the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast during the next day or two.  These
swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions
across much of the U.S. southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts.  Please
consult products from your local weather office.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 1100 AM EDT.

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Forecaster Brown / Blake

 

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