The years first tropical storm is expected to weaken before it passes close to Bermuda this week. By the end of the week it will turn cooler, windier and more unsettled from the west, thanks to low pressure, spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Arthur, heading our way.
However, downed trees and power outages will be possible today especially on the Outer Banks, according to the National Weather Service.
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.
The center of the storm is expected to move near the coast for the next few hours, and bring up to 3 inches of rain and tropical storm force winds to coastal areas.
Tropical Storm Arthur now makes six consecutive years where an Atlantic tropical cyclone has developed before June. Expect stronger winds near the coast (15-25G40) and the strongest winds on the southern Outer Banks (35-45G60).
Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Surf City north to Duck, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
Arthur is expected to douse coastal North Carolina with approximately one to three inches of rain, with higher amounts possible in other areas.
Waves kicked up by the storm will affect a wider area, from the southeast US coast all the way into the mid-Atlantic states, according to forecasters.
"The main threat that we're really trying to get out there is that there is enhanced risk for unsafe rip currents both today and tomorrow".
There are no other potential storms in the Atlantic other than Arthur. "The official start of hurricane season is still two weeks away, but now is the time to be ready".