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STORMTRACK 3: TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR showing better organization

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season, is getting better organized off the east coast of Florida.

Air Force reconaissance aircraft is on the way to gather more information on Arthur, which is centered about 80 miles east of Cape Canaveral, FL, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, as of the 2 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is moving northwest at about 5 mph.

An approaching cold front will guide Tropical Storm Arthur to the northeast by the middle of the week. Models have been in good agreement with the track and intensity of this system so far and place the storm near our shores Thursday. The storm may then strengthen to a Category 1 Hurricane as it brushes the Outer Banks early Friday.

So what does that mean for us? Windy showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage Thursday and early Friday around here. The system will depart the Carolinas late Friday, allowing a clearer night for fireworks and a typical summertime pattern to resume for most of the weekend.

Even though this system is not expected to make landfall, the National Hurricane Center still forecasts tropical storm winds in our area and likely strong rip currents through Friday.


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