Arthur, 1st named storm of the season, heads to the coast of North Carolina: NPR

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Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named system of the season, developed Saturday off the coast of Florida and continues on the east coast to the coast of North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for parts of North Carolina, including the Outer Banks, on Sunday. Heavy rain and storm winds are forecast for the region on Monday, with forecasters expecting 1 to 3 inches of rain Sunday evening and Monday.

The system should not touch the ground, according to forecasters.

“On the planned trajectory, Arthur will stay well off the east coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina today, and will move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina Monday, “said the Hurricane Center in a Sunday notice.

The warning was issued for a stretch of coastline extending from Surf City to Duck, N.C., and the straits of Pamlico and Albemarle.

This is the sixth consecutive year that a named storm has formed before the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1.

The system initially formed as a tropical depression but was later improved by forecasters. Arthur is also expected to bring unsafe surfing conditions and Florida shifting currents across the mid-Atlantic coast, said the Hurricane Center.

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