Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida’s east coast

Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida’s east coast

Tropical storm Arthur has formed off the east-central coast of Florida.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from north of Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft near latitude 29.4 North, longitude 77.7 West. Arthur is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h). A motion toward the north-northeast or northeast is expected tonight and Sunday. After that time, a faster northeastward motion is expected on Monday. On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida and Georgia tonight and Sunday, and then move near or east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday. Data from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center. The minimum central pressure based on reports from the reconnaissance aircraft is estimated to be 1006 mb (29.71 inches)..

It will move away from Florida Sunday.

As it pulls away from Florida, local weather conditions will improve.

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