Arthur expected to become a hurricane, may miss NC coast

Posted July 1, 2014

— A hurricane watch is expected to be posted for the North Carolina coast on Wednesday as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches the Outer Banks, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds when it reaches North Carolina Thursday afternoon, said Maze, who added that the storm's current projected path has its center away from shore.

A storm's strongest winds and rains are east of its center, Maze said.

"It looks like the worst wind and rain may be off shore," he said. 

Despite the uncertainty of the storm's path, coastal towns were already making changes to Fourth of July plans. Atlantic Beach officials said the town's annual fireworks show would take place on July 5 at 9 p.m. to avoid any remnants of the storm. 

The North Carolina Ferry System is currently operating on its normal schedule, but the system said that could change Thursday evening, especially for the system's southern routes, as the storm moves up the coast.

State Department of Transportation crews are gearing up for the storm along the Outer Banks, staging front end loaders, motor graders and bulldozers along N.C. Highway 12 in Ocracoke, Rodanthe and Pea Island. The extra equipment is in addition to other equipment already at maintenance yards in Manteo, Ocracoke and Buxton.

In the Triangle, hot temperatures will stay put throughout the middle of the week. Highs will climb into the low 90s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible each day.

Moisture from the tropics will combine with an approaching cold front on Thursday, sending chances for rain higher.

On the Fourth of July, however, Triangle-area fireworks shows should be met with warm temperatures and clear skies.

"We'll probably be clearing out Friday afternoon and evening," Gardner said.

Highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday will top out in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.


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  • luvstoQ Jul 1, 2014

    CONSTRUCTIONCHIC, it's called summer thunder storms in the south - nothing strange about it - has always been that way - sometimes ugly looking/wind blowing/lightening/thundering/rain and all gone in 15 min. - then sunshine again!!

  • Joseph Smith Jul 1, 2014
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    This is the kind of storm that mother nature uses to move the beach. Could be expensive for people who want to keep the beach in front of their house.

  • og Jul 1, 2014

    Hurricane notwithstanding, I am far more concerned with the front line approaching NC from the west. Models have that line, which is a clear boundary that has caused significant issues as it moves across the central US, essentially colliding with the moisture fetch from Arthur right over central NC. That has the potential of setting up a major storm event complete with tornadoes and extremely heavy rain even if the direct wind effects of Arthur stay significantly away from Raleigh.

  • trianglerelic Jul 1, 2014

    Hmm, I wonder what the Marine forecast will be for Saturday. May have to visit Jordan Lake if this doesn't blow through by Friday.

  • luvmyjackrascal Jul 1, 2014

    Oh I hope this doesn't mess up the Daytona race this weekend!

  • Super Hans Jul 1, 2014

    Looks like we're going to miss out.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 1, 2014

    Bring it on. I hope it comes further inland. We desperately need the rain! Maybe it will be a slow mover.

  • aqualung Jul 1, 2014

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    The rain forecast is at the bottom of the daily forecasts. Today's is 15%.

  • long haul Jul 1, 2014

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    Did you really look at the map well. It clearly shows Futurecast at 8 pm Thursday, not right now.

  • Mannin Black Jul 1, 2014
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    Hey guys! I just discovered that WRAL has a link in their banner where you can access all the weather information you need. If you want today's forecast, just click on "Weather" and go from there. It is so easy my six year old nephew can do it!