The tropical storm Arthur will bring high surf, strong winds and heavy rains to the North Carolina coast

Radar shows the possible paths of the storm.

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 storm, which is moving north-northeast at 15 miles per hour, is not expected to land. Arthur is expected to turn northeast and pick up speed as he heads to North Carolina, skirting the coast Monday before returning east to the ocean late Monday evening.

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 official start of the hurricane season is in two weeks, but North Carolina is already preparing residents to keep their eyes on Arthur as the storm rages.
“Everyone in our coastal areas should remain aware and cautious as Arthur touches our coast on Monday”, Governor Roy Cooper said in a press release released on Sunday. “Pay close attention to the forecasts and do not take risks in dangerous navigation.”

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.

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“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

Arthur is expected to hit the state’s Outer Banks hard. The area could see gusts between 50-65 mph and between one and three inches of rain, with isolated rainfall of five inches in some areas.

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.

In Florida, dangerous rip currents led to water rescues of 70 people in Volusia County on Sunday, a release from Volusia County Beach Security Division She said.
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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.

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