Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida's east coast

Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida's east coast

Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida's east coast

'Minor inundation from storm surge is possible for very low-lying areas adjacent to the ocean, sounds, and rivers, with overwash of dunes and flooding of properties and roadways possible for locations where dune structures are weak, ' mainly north of Cape Lookout, the weather service said Sunday.

In its 2 p.m. advisory, the center said the low pressure system had become better defined and its associated showers and thunderstorms were gradually organizing. Continued gradual development is expected, and the system is likely to become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm later today or tonight while it moves north-northeastward over the Atlantic waters east of Florida.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Storm track forecast for Tropical Storm Arthur issued at 5 p.m. on May 16, 2020.

There is a named tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin ahead of the official start of hurricane season for a sixth straight year, as reconnaissance aircraft reported Tropical Storm Arthur formed Saturday night off the east coast of Florida. Nature, however, plays by its own rules. A shift towards the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 to 48 hours.

"Interests near the North Carolina coast should closely monitor the progress of this system, as it could produce gusty winds and heavy rains there on Monday", said the National Hurricane Center on Sunday morning.

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Technically, hurricane season has not officially started as it runs from June 1 through the end of November, according to NOAA. Rough weather is expected to spread northward along parts of the East Coast through the rest of the weekend and early next week.

Unsafe surf conditions are expected across the Southeast coast for the next few days, forecasters say.

"We're now on the south side of the departing disturbance", said CBS4 meteorologist Craig Setzer in a tweet.

Showers are expected in the area into late Sunday afternoon, with a "rumble of thunder" possible. Tuesday through Friday temperatures should hit the mid- to low-80s and the rain chance goes up again to 50% Tuesday and 70% on Wednesday.

Since first reporting on the storm this past Tuesday, the system has developed a much tighter rotation patter and a more westerly trajectory, with nearly half of the forecast models showing a direct impact with the Carolinas.

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