Tropical Storm Arthur Now Approaching North Carolina

CAPE HATTERAS, North Carolina – NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 5 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, May 18, 2020, due to the presence of Tropical Storm Arthur 2020 (formerly Invest 90L and Tropical Depression One) that is tracking towards the Outerbanks of North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Arthur Projected Path

NOAA National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Arthur 2020 Projected Path

Tropical Storm Arthur is located 135 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving to the north-northeast at 14 mph (22 km/h).

NHC forecasters say that a turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected later today.

On the National Hurricane Center forecast track, the center of Arthur will approach the coast of North Carolina during the next few hours, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina later today.

Arthur is forecast to turn away from the U.S. East Coast tonight and Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Arthur Computer Models

Tropical Storm Arthur Spaghetti Models

Spaghetti models are in good agreement that the tropical cyclone will pass just east of the Outerbanks of North Carolina before moving out over the open Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Arthur Strength

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h), with higher gusts. Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center of the tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm Arthur Watches and Warnings

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Surf City to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within the next 12 to 24 hours.


WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area today.

RAINFALL: Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over coastal North Carolina through this afternoon, with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches.

SURF: Swells generated by Arthur are affecting portions of the southeast U.S. coast and are expected to spread northward along the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast during the next day or two.