First Warning Forecast: Tropical Storm Arthur to make for a messy Monday

Posted at 7:56 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 05:31:25-04

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 Monday morning, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina later in the day. Arthur is then forecast to turn away from the East Coast Monday night 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.

Expect rain, wind, rough surf, high risk for rip currents and possible coastal flooding.