TS Arthur may become July 4th hurricane

Arthur on track to be 1st of 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season

July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur continues to strengthen as it slowly moves up the East Coast toward the Carolinas.

At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Arthur had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph as it moved north at six miles per hour.

The storm is forecast to be a category 1 hurricane off the Outer Banks by early Friday morning.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami posted a hurricane watch for much of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Pamlico Sound. Forecasters predicted Arthur would strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday, the first of the 2014 Atlantic season.

A tropical storm warning was issued mid-morning Wednesday for North Carolina from Little River Inlet to the Virginia border.

A tropical storm watch covered from south of Little River Inlet, N.C., to the South Santee River in South Carolina.

A hurricane watch is usually issued 48 hours before tropical storm force winds arrive in the watch area.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Arthur’s center was 100 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral in Florida and 275 miles south of Charleston, S.C. The storm was moving north at 6 mph, three times its speed 24 hour earlier.

Forecasters predicted 1 to 2 inches of rain with possible totals of 4 inches in some areas and warned of heavy surf and rip currents.

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