Tropical storm ARTHUR closing on the Outer Banks

Tropical Storm ARTHUR is now centred 100 miles south of Cape Hatteras headed north-nor'east at 12 knots and will make its closest approach in about four hours from now, passing just under 40 miles off. This is close to peak intensity now, with wind speeds gusting 55 knots and a hurricane severity index rating of just 5 (2 for size and 3 for intensity). There is little doubt now that ARTHUR will sweep to the east this afternoon, and have no more impact on the eastern seaboard. Although the band of unpleasantness is to the east of the centre, it is expected that Cape Hatteras and the surrounding area will experience some strong winds, heavy rainfall and localised flooding with a degree of storm surge over some fairly high seas. Peak intensity will continue for a day or so, but without further impact ashore.

Stand by for tropical storm force conditions across the Outer Banks and around Cape Hatteras.