Arthur downgraded to a 'post-tropical' storm

James Marshall
May 21, 2020

Arthur is expected to stay at sea, but waves from the storm will continue to produce rough seas and rip currents along the mid-Atlantic and southeast coasts, forecasters said.

In 2018, tropical storm Alberto made a late May landfall along the Florida Panhandle, and made it all the way to lower MI in the north before dispersing.

Meteorologists noted that Arthur is getting stronger this Sunday as he moves northwest away from the coasts of Florida, Georgia and SC, by Monday morning approach those in North Carolina, where it is expected to impact with some minor flooding and swell along the coast.

"This early season storm reminds us that we always need to be prepared for severe weather", said North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1.

In Florida, rains fell at the rate of nearly 5 centimeters per hour, causing widespread flooding in Miami and the surrounding area.

Tropical Storm Arthur satellite
Arthur had lost the look of a fully tropical system on Tuesday morning

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "At 500 AM EDT [0900 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located near latitude 37.0 North, longitude 70.6 West. Arthur is moving toward the east-northeast near 15 miles per hour [24 km/h]".

The Bermuda Weather Service said Tropical Storm Arthur will pass to the "distant northwest" of Bermuda today before it curved sharply and headed back towards the island later Wednesday into Thursday.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 55 miles (85 kilometers) east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Other secondary roads had flooded.

Still, he warned that surf conditions will remain risky and advised people to be cautious around the water even as the storm pushes out to sea. Before that happens, Arthur could strengthen some early today; however, as the storm evolves into a post-tropical low, the National Hurricane Center expects it to gradually weaken tomorrow.

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