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First Warning Forecast: Feeling the impacts of Tropical Storm Arthur today

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Posted at 5:40 AM, May 18, 2020

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Tropical Storm Arthur will brush along the North Carolina coast today. Expect cloudy skies with widespread rain today, especially this morning through midday. Showers will become more scattered and taper off later this afternoon to evening. It will be windy today with most areas seeing NE winds at 10 to 20 with gusts to 30 mph. Expect stronger winds near the coast (15-25G40) and the strongest winds on the southern Outer Banks (35-45G60). Most of Eastern NC will see 1”-3” of rainfall today with locally higher totals possible. Rainfall totals will be much lower closer to I-95 and to the north. Arthur will also bring rough surf, a high risk for rip currents, and some storm surge flooding/overwash.

Arthur will move away from the East Coast tomorrow, but our next big weather maker moves in. An area of low pressure will settle in over the Southeast and will linger for several days. Most of this week we will see clouds, showers, and strong winds. Persistent northeast winds will trigger tidal flooding through midweek.

Today: Widespread Rain, Windy. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds: NE 10-20G30

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers, Breezy. Lows in the upper 50s. Winds: N 10-15G25

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Showers, Windy. Highs in the low 60s. Winds: NE 10-20G30

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Grasses, Oak, Mulberry)

UV Index: 2 (Low)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Moderate

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

May 18th

1977 Tornado: Louisa Co

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Arthur is getting closer to the North Carolina coast. Arthur is centered about 135 miles SSW of Cape Hatteras and moving NNE at 14 mph. The center of Arthur will approach the coast of North Carolina during the next few hours, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina later today. Arthur is then forecast to turn away from the East Coast tonight and Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. While 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 90 miles mainly to the east of the center.

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