Tracking the Tropics

Jul 3, 2014 11:09 AM by Dave Baker

Arthur Forecast to be Near "Major Hurricane" Status

Hurricane Arthur has strengthened and is forecast to be a strong Category 2 hurricane as it passes North Carolina. Winds are now at 90mph and is moving NNE at 14mph.  It appears the hurricane is finally starting to make the faster move to the north as a trough slides in from the west. The area is favorable for additional development and the National Hurricane Center has increased the intensity in the extended forecast.

The center of the hurricane as of 10am was at 32.4N and 78.5W or about 260 miles SW of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings are posted from Surf City, North Carolina to the Virginia border. A tropical Storm Warning is in effect for parts of the Virginia coast including the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

Arthur is expected to turn northeast, but will still have some effect on the New England coast Friday and Saturday.

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