Tropical Storm Arthur: Limited impact on our area; monitor developments

Below is a summary from National Weather Service Wakefield, VA as of  8AM EDT, Sunday, May 17th, highlighting the latest information on newly formed Tropical Storm Arthur. Please also see attached images for more information.

Key highlights include: 

  • Tropical Storm Arthur will move north over the next 24 hours, then make a sharp turn to the east just off Cape Hatteras Monday afternoon.  Overall impacts from this system on the local area will remain limited.
  • Period of greatest impact: Late Monday morning through Monday evening. 
  • Wind gusts between 30-40 mph will occur from VA Beach south through coastal NE NC.
  • Rainfall amounts up to 1″ will be possible across SE VA and NE NC.
  • Tidal Flooding/Rip Currents: No tidal flooding is expected through Monday. However, dangerous rip currents are expected at area beaches starting Monday and lasting through much of the coming week.
  • Marine: Small Craft Advisory conditions will likely be reached for much of the marine area during Monday, with possible gale force wind gusts off Outer Banks Currituck.  
  • A prolonged period of unsettled conditions develops Tuesday and lasts through much of the coming week (not is association with Arthur). Periods of heavy rain and also tidal flooding will be the greatest concerns. More details on what to expect for the remainder of the week will be forthcoming later today.
Please continue to monitor forecasts throughout the weekend using the links below:
The forecast storm track as of early Sunday morning, May 17, is shown here:
Tropical_20200517_0621 (1) Arthur
arthur winds may 17