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Per National Hurricane Center as of 19-May-2020 7a CDT:
Tropical Storm Arthur is centered at 5a EDT about 380 miles (610 km) SSW of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It's moving toward the NNE near 9 mph (15 km/h) and will turn NE during next 24 to 48 hours.
On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina today, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center. Some strengthening is forecast to occur during the next 48 hours. Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday.
Arthur is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over coastal North Carolina tonight and Monday, with locally higher amounts. Swells generated by Arthur are affecting portions of the east coast of Central and North Florida. These swells are expected to spread northward during the next few days, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of the U.S. southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts. Get the latest updates at www.hurricanes.gov
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Keep in mind hurricane season runs from May/June through November so, if you live along the coast or know someone who does, use and please share these USFRA resources to learn how to prepare for hurricanes and storms:
Again please share these resources with others ~ esp. those along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Oh boy, here we go with more of the COVID-19 going out of control I can see it now, lets just hope the people use mask and stay the 6 feet apart, I doubt it but.