Almost-hurricane Arthur is continuing to complicate conditions in Southeastern North Carolina.
According to the National Weather Service, the track at 1 p.m. showed a shift of five miles to the west for Arthur’s center, increasing the likelihood of stronger winds and heavier rains in Columbus County. The storm is also moving faster, but is expected to increase in intensity, possibly approaching a Category Two hurricane with 90+ mile per hour winds in the immediate coastal areas. Meteorologists with the NWS are warning that the hurricane could produce isolated tornadic activity in coastal and adjacent counties.
Columbus County remains on a Hazardous Weather Advisory, while tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches have been issued for the coastal counties.
Wider, longer and stronger rain bands have also raised the anticipated rainfall amounts in the area to one to three inches in some areas. The city of Whiteville is warning residents to ensure debris and vegetation are away from storm sewers, to avoid additional ponding and flooding in low-lying areas.
The growing storm is expected to be off Cape Fear this evening, but tropical effects extend more than 80miles from the center of the storm.
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