Tuesday, May 19th 2020, 6:00 am - The storm formed two weeks before the "official" start of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1st.
Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named Atlantic storm in 2020, will begin to track away from the U.S. coastline on Tuesday.
In its latest update, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Arthur has maximum, sustained wind speeds near 95 km/h, with higher gusts. Slight strengthening is possible Tuesday morning, but the storm is expected to begin weakening shortly, becoming subtropical Tuesday.
Arthur is currently moving toward the east-northeast near 24 km/h. A turn towards the east is expected on Tuesday, then a slowing-down and turn to the south over the next couple of days.
Swells generated by Arthur are affecting parts of the southeast U.S. coast and are expected to spread northward along the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast during the next day or two. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and Arthur is its first tropical storm in 2020.
Experts at Colorado State University are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season and cite the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor. Additionally, tropical and subtropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are currently warmer than normal and are consequently also considered a factor favouring an active Atlantic hurricane season this year.