The first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season has develop and already poses a threat to some land areas along the eastern United States. This system originated off the eastern shores of Florida earlier this week and has finally started it movement along the eastern United States coastline as the help of a strong cold front aids its movement. Here is the 11:00 a.m. EDT advisory on Hurricane Arthur from the National Hurricane Center:
Hurricane Arthur was located about 260 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and is moving north northeast at 10 miles per hour. Current maximum sustained winds are 90 miles per hour, with hurricane force winds extend out 25 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extending up to 115 miles from the center. Some strengthening is expected with Arthur as it continues to move along the coast line, with it becoming a category two hurricane by the time it passes North Carolina.
Hurricane Warnings are currently issued for Surf City, North Carolina up to the North Carolina / Virginia border including Pamlico Sound and Eastern Albemarle Sound. Areas withing this warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area
Hurricane Watches are currently issued for Little River Inlet to south of Surf City. Hurricane conditions here are possible, especially if Arthur moves to the left of its forecast track.
Tropical Storm Warnings are issued for South Santee River South Carolina to south of Surf City, The North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, including the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Tropical Storm conditions are expected within this area.
Reports have stated that many locations along the Outer Banks of North Carolina have been asked to voluntarily evacuate ahead of this system, with some communities asking mandatory evacuations. For those in the possible affected area this system is expected to affect the region tonight (Thursday) and it is better to stay out of harm in case the expected track makes a close call to a direct hit or if Arthur strengthens more intensely than previously forecast. This system will next affect land in Nova Scotia, but expected rougher seas and the risk for rip currents all along the eastern seaboard.