Hurricane Arthur Gains Strength

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The east coast is monitoring tropical activity off the east coast as they now deal with the Atlantic Hurricane season's first named storm, Hurricane Arthur.

Arthur was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane on Thursday morning due the improvement in the storm's organization on satellite and imagery.

11am Friday Update

Category: 1
Max Winds: 90mph
Central Pressure: 976mb
Position: 37.7N 73.4W
Movement: NE 24mph

The center of Hurricane Arthur is anticipated to pass Southeast of Cape Cod later today into tonight. The storm has lost a little strength thanks to cooler waters. At this point the storm is on track to become a post tropical cyclone by Saturday morning. As the storm continues to lose strength it is expected to travel up the east coast and pass near Nova Scotia on Saturday.

4pm Thursday Update

Category: 1
Max Winds: 90mph
Central Pressure: 979mb
Position: 33.4N 77.9W
Movement: NNE 13mph

According to the National Hurricane Center, the eye of Arthur is nearing the coast of North Carolina.

As of 4pm, the center of circulation was located 185 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC and 35 miles south of Cape Fear, NC.

Hurricane force winds extend 35 miles out from the center of this storm while tropical storm force winds extended 150 miles outward.

Storm surge of 3 to 5 feet is possible for parts of North Carolina.

Maximum winds have reached speeds up to 80 mph and central pressure is falling to 983mb. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been issued for much of the coast along the Carolina's, as well as a mandatory evacuation for visitors to the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island.

Even though Arthur is not expected to make landfall, the East Coast will need to monitor storm surge effects as well as flooding potential that may dampen travel plans and 4th of July festivities.