The Hurricane Center said Arthur was moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour (26 kph) Monday on a path expected to take its center away from the North Carolina coast, as it takes a more eastward path into Tuesday. Tropical storm-force wind and periods of heavy rain are likely Monday.
Unsafe coastal surf conditions and rip currents are also expected to spread north up the Atlantic coast over the next couple days before the storm is predicted to make a sharp right turn out to the ocean, the National Hurricane Center said. It will be off the cost of North Carolina on Monday, where there is a Tropical Storm Warning in effect.
While the worst of the weather stayed just offshore, strong winds and heavy rain still made their impacts through much of the day.More news: Porsche 911 Targa uncovered; due to arrive in SA this year
There are no other potential storms in the Atlantic other than Arthur. Rain first moved into the area Sunday night. Patients are being cared for in tents in Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian damaged the island's hospital.
Tropical Storm Arthur now makes six consecutive years where an Atlantic tropical cyclone has developed before June.
"Everyone in our coastal areas should remain aware and cautious as Arthur brushes our coast on Monday", said Cooper. "Pay close attention to the forecast and don't take chances in risky surf".More news: Coronavirus: 70 new cases recorded in schools after reopening
"The main threat that we're really trying to get out there is that there is enhanced risk for risky rip currents both today and tomorrow". Risky marine conditions are also expected, with seas building to 8-10 feet, creating treacherous conditions for mariners.
The timing of Arthur coincided with North Carolina's first phase of its reopening strategy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Monday at 2 p.m., Arthur had picked up speed and was moving northeast, away from the coast, at 16 miles per hour. Bars, restaurants and gyms remain closed throughout Dare County, and personal gatherings over 10 people remain prohibited.More news: Epic Giveaway Knocks Out GTA V Servers
In fact, there has been a named storm system before June 1, the official start of hurricane season, every year since 2015. While some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday.