Tropical Storm Arthur Strengthens, Forecast To Ride Up East Coast As A Hurricane

The Atlantic hurricane season’s first tropical depression blossomed into Tropical Storm Arthur on Tuesday, as it slowly churned northward along the east coast of Central Florida.

Arthur has become better organized throughout the day, and is forecast to strengthen into the season’s first Atlantic hurricane by Thursday afternoon when it is expected to be near the Carolinas, according to the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest forecast.


[Satellite Imagery Shows Arthur Becoming Better Organized]

As of the NHC’s 5 PM advisory, Arthur’s maximum sustained winds are now up to 50 mph with a minimum pressure of 1003 mb. Arthur is located approximately 85 miles to the east-southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

“We’re now urging folks on the coast to monitor the situation because a lot of people have beach plans for the holiday, so they need to be watching this real close,” said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

[NHC’s Latest 5-Day Forecast Cone For Arthur]