Arthur Gains More StrengthJuly 3rd, 2014 at 1:34 pm by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Arthur has gained more strength. It has increased its winds to 90mph. The pressure has dropped to 981 mb. It is moving a little faster at 10mph to the NNE. The eye is still present on the radar, and the rain has already made it onto southern North Carolina.
There have been a couple of tornado warnings in that area as well. There is a tornado watch up for Dare county until about 2am. Since the sustained winds have increased already, the forecast has also increased.
Now Arthur is forecast to become a category 2 hurricane as it approaches the Hatteras area. This is terrible news. The consensus is for the system to move right over Hatteras or within 20 miles. I have one new thought about this. If the hurricane were to move a little more to the west, then it’s possible that the water on the sounds will surge to over 4 ft. Especially if the winds are above 100mph. Even the Atlantic tide could see moderate tidal flooding in that scenario, but that could be a real developing problem. So keep that in mind residents along the Outer Banks. Especially from Kill Devil Hills southward. I have a longer blog with more information here: AM Blog. It goes into more detail. Be safe out there. This looks like it will be pretty rough for folks along the Outer Banks. Hampton Roads will have some impacts, but it would be similar to a long-lived squall line. Stay tuned for updates!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler