A disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Florida state developed into Tropical Storm Arthur on Saturday, May 16. On Sunday, May 17, the National Hurricane Center (NHS) issued a Tropical Storm Warning for a portion of the North Carolina coast. The warning is in effect from Surf City to Duck, and from Pamlico to Albemarle Sound. As of 11:00 (local time) on Sunday, the center of Tropical Storm Arthur is located at approximately 30.5°N, 77.4°W (map here) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph (45 mph). The storm is moving north-northeast at 15 kph (9 mph) and is expected to turn toward the northeast over the next 24-48 hours. The storm is forecast to move near the North Carolina coast on Monday, May 18, before turning away from the coast on Tuesday, May 19. Arthur is expected to bring strong winds and rainfall totals of 2.5-7.5 cm (1-3 in) to the North Carolina coast through Monday.
Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are possible in areas forecast to be affected by the system over the coming days.
Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, anticipate localized flooding and associated transportation disruptions, plan alternate routes, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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