Strong wind, heavy rain, dangerous surf possible in parts of Carolinas as Arthur nears

Bailey Aldridge and Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer on

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"This early season storm reminds us that we always need to be prepared for severe weather," N.C. Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said in the release. "The official start of hurricane season is still two weeks away, but now is the time to be ready."

The NWS's Newport/Morehead office, which covers the Outer Banks, expects winds between 25 and 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 mph.

Tropical-storm force winds are those between 39 and 73 mph, the NWS says.

The office says potential damage from winds is limited, with damage to outdoor structures and fallen tree branches or uprooted trees possible.

One to 3 inches of rain is possible on the North Carolina coast Sunday night and Monday, the weather service says. The Newport/Morehead office says 2 to 4 inches is possible, with isolated areas of 5 inches.

Localized storm surge and flooding are also possible in the area, the NWS says. But threats remain limited.

The weather service's Wilmington office, which covers southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, says the storm's main threats to the area are "dangerous rip currents and elevated seas offshore." Land impacts should be minimal.

Rip currents will be at threat in the area, the NWS says.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected across the Southeast coast for the next few days, forecasters say. Swells associated with the storm could cause life-threatening rip currents.


The NWS's Charleston office, which covers the southeastern portion of South Carolina, says the storm will stay east of the area, away from the South Carolina and Georgia coast.

Showers are expected in the area into late Sunday afternoon, with a "rumble of thunder" possible. Overnight should be dry, with thunderstorms and showers expected throughout Monday, the weather service says.

Arthur is expected to turn away from the east coast and should lose its "tropical characteristics" on Tuesday, the National Weather Service says.

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