ARTHUR makes landfall on Independence Day

By the dawn's early light this Independence Day, residents of eastern North Carolina were waking up to see ARTHUR disappearing to the north-east, having gave proof through the night of a direct hit as a cat 2 hurricane. Since then, ARTHUR maintained its intensity, and maximum sustained winds remain over 90 knots. During the next few hours, little change in strength is anticipated. However, weakening should begin later, which is a relief for those with interests in south-eastern Massachusetts tonight where strong tropical storm force winds and a storm surge are expected by twilight's last gleaming. Currently centred just 100 m southeast of Atlantic City a ground speed of 25 knots is good news for those in the line of fire, as speeds such as this usually accelerate destruction of the eyewall vertical column, akin to flooding the storm's engine room. Nonetheless, winds of over 90 knots can be expected even gusting over 100 knots in isolated bursts. This is however at peak and ARTHUR will only weaken now as it gallantly streams along the eastern seaboard. Elsewhere, there is little sign of low pressure development with the exception of some scattered thunderstorms over the coast of Costa Rica, and some swirling cloud patterns over the Cape Verde Islands A weather watch over the eastern seaboard, otherwise stand easy.