As of Monday morning, Arthur was 45 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, with sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
A tropical storm warning extends from Surf City, over 200 miles north through the Outer Banks, all the way to Duck, the weather report said. The warning includes the sounds of Pamlico and Albemarle.
The winds of tropical storms will extend outward up to 90 miles from the center. Officials are telling the public to be prepared while the storm is expected to intensify in the next 48 hours.
Arthur is expected to lose his tropical storm state by Tuesday, the weather report said.
The governor urges people to “pay close attention”
The strong wind will come early on Monday and will persist until the evening. Strong winds of 45 mph are possible, with more powerful gusts. Sparse power outages are also possible, the release said from the governor’s office.
“This early-season storm reminds us that we must always be prepared for bad weather,” said North Carolina’s emergency management director Mike Sprayberry in a news release released Sunday.
Dangerous marine conditions
Heavy surf, life-threatening breakaway currents and dangerous marine conditions were already present on the coast on Sunday and will continue on Monday along the entire coast.
Three people – aged between 16, 17 and 24 – were transported to local hospitals for precautionary reasons, cap. Laura Warner of the Volusia County beach safety division told CNN in an email on Sunday evening.
The red and purple flags were waved on Sunday to indicate dangerous dangerous conditions and dangerous marine life, after Portuguese men or war bathed on the beaches in the past two days.
Rescue took place from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach, Warner said.
“The storm in the Atlantic is very likely to be affecting our surfing conditions,” he said. “But it’s not uncommon to have rough surf and dangerous tear conditions at this time of year.”
CNN’s Robert Shackelford, Haley Brink, Deanna Hackney and Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.