Tropical Storm Arthur: Trouble brewing for Atlantic Canada
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 10:05 AM - Arthur, the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has prompted a hurricane watch for part of North Carolina's coast early Wednesday.
The hurricane watch in North Carolina covers an area from Bogue Inlet to Oregon Inlet, including Pamlico Sound. A tropical storm watch was in effect for parts of Florida and South Carolina.
TUNE IN: We'll be watching this storm as it approaches. Watch the Weather Network on TV and check back to our website for ongoing coverage.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Arthur is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane by Thursday, threatening July 4th plans along the east coast.
Arthur is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 25-50 mm of rain across the eastern Florida Peninsula and over coastal areas of North Caroline through Thursday. Isolated maximum amounts of 100 mm are possible, says the NHC.
Swells generated by Arthur are also affecting portions of the east-central coast of Florida.
"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents, especially along piers and jetties," adds the NHC.
TROUBLE BREWING IN ATLANTIC CANADA
"Arthur is still a long way from any potential impact on Atlantic Canada. However, the computer models have been surprisingly consistent over the last couple days in showing some impact over the weekend," says Weather Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott. "Scenarios range from a near miss to more of a direct impact."
"We are analysing the development of tropical storm Arthur and latest computer model forecasts to gain an early indication of how the storm may affect weather in Atlantic Canada this weekend," said the Canadian Hurricane Centre in a weather summary early Wednesday.
ARTHUR IN ATLANTIC CANADA: Get a detailed analysis from Chris Scott here.
"A trough of low pressure will be moving eastward from the Great Lakes, guiding Arthur toward Atlantic Canada. The nature of the trough approaching from the Great Lakes will make all the difference in Arthur's intensity, track and structure as it moves toward our region."