MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Just five miles per hour shy of having hurricane winds, Tropical Storm Arthur continues to move away from Florida.
The National Hurricane Center discontinued a Tropical Storm Watch for Florida’s coastline earlier Wednesday.
At 11:00 p.m., the storm was located 380 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina . The storm is moving north at 8 mph and maximum sustained winds are about 70 miles per hour.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Bogue Inlet to Oregon Inlet in North Carolina and the Pamlico Sound.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Little River Inlet, North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border, Eastern Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.
A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for South of Little River inlet to South Santee River South Carolina.
Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to continue moving in north on Wednesday followed by a turn to the north-northeast Wednesday night.
On Thursday the storm is expected to increase in speed and take a turn to the northeast.
On the forecast track Arthur will remain offshore and past east of northeastern Florida coastline Wednesday night, move parallel to the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina over the next 24 to 26 hours.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to produce up to two inches of rain across the Eastern Florida Peninsula and the coastal areas of North Carolina.
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