Miami, FL, United States (4E) – Tropical Storm Arthur is slogging north along the coast of Central Florida on Tuesday and could become the first Atlantic hurricane if it strengthens, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen predicted that Arthur may strengthen on Thursday when it is near the Carolinas.
The slow-moving storm is expected to remain offshore. A tropical storm watch is in effect in Florida’s east coast from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach as Arthur threatens to unleash storm force winds in 24 hours.
More rains ranging from one to three inches are forecasted for South Florida. Some spots may received five inches of rain while northwestern Bahamas can expect four to six inches.
The tail of Arthur already brought rains that soaked South Florida on Monday. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Ross said the rains will continue through Tuesday and clouds are expected to clear out Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 8 to 13 tropical storms this hurricane season, with three to six growing into hurricanes and two becoming major storms packing winds over 111 mph.