Arthur, our first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to strengthen into a Category One hurricane over the next 48 hours.
An eye is now appearing in satellite and radar imagery Wednesday afternoon. This is a sign the storm is getting stronger. Hurricane hunter aircraft are headed into the storm during the afternoon to gather information for the latest position and track.
The storm is expected to strengthen to a hurricane over the next 24 hours.
If you have plans that take you to the coast, you'll want to check the forecast closely. Below is a list of the impact times and threats for each location.
(Charleston, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove, Surfside)The greatest impacts from wind and rain along the Grand Strand will be late Wednesday night, but mostly Thursday. RAINFALL: 2-4 inches possible with coastal flooding. WIND: Gusts may top 50mph during the peak of the storm Clearing can be expected Friday and into the weekend. Skies should be sunny by Friday and continue through the holiday weekend.
(Wilmington, Hatteras, Ocracoke, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head) By late Thursday night and Friday, Arthur is expected to impact the Outer Banks Category One hurricane. While the strongest winds are expected to remain off the coast, 60-80mph winds are possible along the Outer Banks during Friday. Heavy rain, 3-5" is expected along with storm surge. This will lead to coastal flooding along Highway 12. Check Dare County Emergency Management on any evacuation details >>http://www.darenc.com/emergencymanagement/ Even as the storm moves north Saturday, the rip current risk will remain high into the weekend.
(Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Cape Henry, Cape Charles) Arthur should have the greatest impacts on the Virginia Beach and Tidewater area early Friday morning through early Friday afternoon before moving toward the northeast by Friday evening. While the strongest winds will remain off the coast, expect 60+mph winds along with several inches of rain which may lead to coastal flooding. Rip currents will be an issued before and after the storm moves through. Get the latest from Virginia Emergency Managers on the coastal conditions>>http://arthurvirginia.tumblr.com/
Locally, Arthur will play a very minor role, and mostly before the storm even moves up the east coast. Tropical air will collect along an approaching cold front Thursday and get squeezed out. This may lead to scattered soakers, especially in Central Virginia. We'll need to watch for a flash flooding potential for areas that get those slow-moving storms.
Friday through Sunday feature increased sunshine and lower humidity over the weekend. Rain chances remain low and temperatures seasonably resting in the mid and upper 80s.