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Tropical Storm Arthur brings high surf, strong winds and heavy rains to the North Carolina coast

The latest update from the National Hurricane Center is in and shows that Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar has the updated forecast.

Posted: May 18, 2020 10:08 AM
Updated: May 18, 2020 2:45 PM


Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm in the Atlantic for 2020, is bringing high surf, heavy rains and strong winds to the coast of North Carolina, but it appears to be moving out to sea.

As of Monday afternoon, Arthur was 55 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, with sustained winds of 50 mph, the National Weather Service said.

A tropical storm warning extends from Ocracoke Inlet, about 100 miles north across the Outer Banks, to Duck, the weather service said. The warning includes the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.

The storm, which is moving northeast at 16 mph, was not expected to make landfall. Arthur was forecast to skirt the coast Monday before moving back east into the ocean late Monday night.

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Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles from the center, 'primarily over water to the east of the center,' the weather service said.

Arthur is expected to lose its tropical storm status by late Monday or Tuesday, the weather service said.

Governor urges people to 'pay close attention'

The official start of hurricane season is two weeks away, but North Carolina is already preparing residents to keep their eyes on Arthur as the storm ramps up.

'Everyone in our coastal areas should remain aware and cautious as Arthur brushes our coast on Monday,' Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press release issued Sunday. 'Pay close attention to the forecast and don't take chances in dangerous surf.'

Strong winds arrived early Monday and are expected to persist until the evening. Gusts stronger than the 50-mph sustained winds are possible. Scattered power outages are also possible, the release from the governor's office said.

'This early season storm reminds us that we always need to be prepared for severe weather,' North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said in a press release issued Sunday.

Dangerous marine conditions

The state's Outer Banks could see gusts between 50 and 65 mph and between one to three inches of rain, with isolated rainfalls of five inches in some areas.

Heavy surf, life-threatening rip currents and dangerous marine conditions were present along the coast Sunday and Monday.

In Florida, dangerous rip currents led to water rescues of 70 people in Volusia County on Sunday, a release from the Volusia County beach safety division said.

Three people -- ages 16, 17 and 24 -- were transported to local hospitals for precautionary reasons, Volusia County beach safety division Capt. Laura Warner told CNN in an email Sunday night.

Red and purple flags were flown Sunday to indicate dangerous rip current conditions and dangerous marine life, after Portuguese men-o-war washed up on beaches the past two days.

The rescues took place from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach, Warner said.

'It is very likely that the storm in the Atlantic is effecting our surf conditions,' she said. 'But it's not uncommon to have rough surf and dangerous rip current conditions this time of year.'

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 500286

Reported Deaths: 9968
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34281537
DeSoto32039402
Hinds31911626
Jackson24466379
Rankin21971390
Lee15501235
Madison14566279
Jones13825242
Forrest13438250
Lauderdale11984316
Lowndes11003188
Lamar10510135
Pearl River9494237
Lafayette8542139
Hancock7727126
Washington7418157
Oktibbeha7139131
Monroe6765176
Warren6679176
Pontotoc6655102
Neshoba6625206
Panola6511131
Marshall6460134
Bolivar6302148
Union601294
Pike5815152
Alcorn5662101
Lincoln5431134
George496579
Scott472198
Tippah468381
Prentiss466581
Leflore4654144
Itawamba4628105
Adams4584119
Tate4579109
Copiah447792
Simpson4440116
Yazoo443687
Wayne439172
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Coahoma4154104
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Stone359764
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Winston314091
Clay307676
Chickasaw299467
Clarke292194
Calhoun278945
Holmes267887
Smith263350
Yalobusha233347
Tallahatchie226851
Walthall218763
Greene218248
Lawrence212440
Perry205256
Amite204755
Webster202646
Noxubee186440
Montgomery179456
Jefferson Davis171442
Carroll168738
Tunica159439
Benton148438
Kemper141941
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Claiborne132237
Humphreys129238
Franklin119428
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Wilkinson104839
Jefferson94434
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 815989

Reported Deaths: 15311
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Mobile723961330
Madison52114694
Shelby37488348
Baldwin37167547
Tuscaloosa35013606
Montgomery34031734
Lee23177245
Calhoun22190476
Morgan20719376
Etowah19774497
Marshall18277302
Houston17333411
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Cullman15365292
Limestone15270198
Elmore15126284
Lauderdale14205294
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DeKalb12598260
Walker11142369
Blount10132175
Autauga9910146
Jackson9819182
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Colbert8803201
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Covington6695184
Chilton6608161
Russell626659
Franklin5947105
Chambers5563142
Marion4966126
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Pike4722105
Geneva4567126
Winston4493103
Lawrence4286117
Bibb423686
Barbour356576
Marengo337489
Monroe330863
Randolph328263
Butler325396
Pickens314182
Henry311865
Hale310688
Cherokee301660
Fayette291379
Washington251151
Cleburne247160
Crenshaw244075
Clay241268
Macon231763
Lamar219547
Conecuh185753
Coosa179439
Lowndes174464
Wilcox167839
Bullock151644
Perry138440
Sumter132038
Greene126244
Choctaw87827
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More high pressure will move back into our area overnight and into our Friday. This high pressure will bring back into our area some more dry and seasonable weather for a few days.
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