ORLANDO, Fla. — Just as forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have predicted, a trough of low pressure in the straights of Florida became tropical storm "Arthur" over the weekend, well ahead of hurricane season which begins June 1.
At the time of this report, Arthur is spinning at a top speed of 45 miles per hour and is expected to drop one to two inches of rain along North Carolina’s coast as early as tonight, with storm conditions and minor flooding anticipated there by Monday morning.
The tropical storm poses no similar threat to Florida, so there's no need to shutter your windows and tie down your patio furniture, but the rough seas have created potentially dangerous rip currents along Florida's beaches on the east coast.
According to a May 16 bulletin, the National Hurricane Center reminds us that "routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook" will resume as hurricane season begins again on June 1, and that this is considered a "special" report as it falls out of typical, traditional hurricane expectancy.
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