Tropical Storm Watch issued for north of Surf City to Outer Banks

FIRST ALERT Showers and thunderstorms on Sunday scattered showers and storms more likely on Monday

At 5 a.m. Sunday, the center of Arthur was located about 380 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, moving north-northeast at 9 mph. Arthur will bring rain, gusty winds and high surf to the NC coast. If so, it would be the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.

Tropical Storm Arthur is now producing sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Like most earlier-than-usual storms, Arthur is likely to remain offshore, but could come relatively close to North Carolina's coast Monday, Klotzbach said.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the area early Sunday morning, after the storm's path shifted a bit westward and closer to the Outer Banks, McClatchy News reports.

A tropical storm warning was issued Sunday morning for Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Wanchese, Hatteras Island, mainland Dare, mainland Hyde, Ocracoke Island, as well as Beaufort, coastal Onslow, Carteret, Pamlico, southern Craven, Tyrrell and Washington counties, where forecasters say tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Arthur poses no threat to the Gulf Coast as it treks off to the northeast.

A person sweeps the street in front of businesses that are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic on May 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.

"On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and SC today, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday", the agency said.

Thursday was the second wettest May day on record for the city of Marathon in the Florida Keys.

Coastal North Carolina can also expect anywhere between 1 and 3 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts, the agency said. The heavy rains are not expected to have an impact on central areas.

While there may be a component of warming waters and climate change in other pre-June storms, Arthur is more of a subtropical storm system than a traditional named storm and its water is cooler than what's usually needed for storm formation, said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of these regions.

The 2020 season follows four straight years during which there were at least two USA -landfalling hurricanes, with Barry and Dorian striking in 2019.

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