First tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season threatens parts of Florida and Carolinas
07/02/2014 08:20 am
Those on the east coast, particularly in Florida and the Carolinas, will need to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Arthur over the remainder of the week.
Arthur, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm, is currently spinning off the Florida coast. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Wilmington, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Daytona Beach, FL.
The storm is expected move east of the northeast Florida coast on Wednesday as it gathers strength. On Thursday the storm is expected to bend northeast and accelerate and will be located somewhere near or off the coast of the Carolinas. Friday, Arthur is expected to make its closest approach to eastern North Carolina (Outer Banks), possibly extreme southeast Virginia, then is expected to take a sharper northeast turn out into the open Atlantic, as the jet stream westerlies exert their steering influence.
Experts worn that Arthur may be a strong tropical storm and expect that it will intensifying to a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday. At this time A hurricane watch has been posted for parts of eastern North Carolina, including most of the Outer Banks.