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First Warning Forecast: Tropical Storm Warning for the Outer Banks

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Posted at 7:53 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 09:37:59-04

First Warning Forecast: Tropical Storm Warning Issued for the NC Outer Banks

Sunday is going to look and feel much differently than Saturday with more clouds and cooler temperatures. Expect a wide range of temperatures with 60s and 70s near the coast due to the wind off the water, yet it'll warm near 80s for some spots inland. Low rain chances today, but that's going to change soon as two separate system work towards our area. Arthur formed and it'll brush us with wind and rain Monday followed by a cold front.

The setup with both system means unsettled weather throughout much of the week.

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Arthur becomes first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

As of 5 a.m., Arthur was moving toward the north-northeast at 9 mph with 40 mph max sustained winds. Arthur is on track to bring wind and rain to coastal North Carolina and southeast Virginia on Monday. Some areas will experience pockets of heavy rain, tropical storm force winds upwards of 40 mph, high surf and rip currents. Ocean overwash is also possible for the Outer Banks.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast from north of Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Arthur is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over coastal North Carolina Sunday night and Monday.

Check out the Interactive Radar on WTKR.com: Interactive Radar