A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Surf City north to Duck, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. The storm will deliver 1 to 3 inches of rain and strong winds to the North Carolina coast on Monday before weakening and drifting out to sea.
Tropical Storm Arthur is located 345 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving to the north-northeast at 9 mph (15 km/h). "But the main threat that we're really trying to get out there is that there is enhanced risk for risky rip currents both today and tomorrow".
Arthur is now located about 355 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and has winds of 40 mph.
Wind speed probabilities for Tropical Storm Arthur from Sunday until Friday.
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"Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts". The Newport/Morehead office says 2 to 4 inches are possible, with a chance of more in some areas.
The NWS's Charleston office, which covers the southeastern portion of SC, says the storm will stay east of the area, away from the SC and Georgia coast.
"Rough seas and gusty winds will expand northward to the upper mid-Atlantic coast late Monday through Tuesday as the storm drifts eastward and perhaps stalls over the open water", AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.
Unsafe coastal surf conditions and rip tides could spread northward from Florida to the mid-Atlantic states over the next few days as this storm continues to develop.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could see a greater-than-average number of major hurricanes because of favorable weather patterns, forecasters from Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project said in a recent report.