Tropical Storm Arthur will bring high waves, strong winds and heavy rain to the coast of North Carolina

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Early Monday morning, Arthur was churning off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina with strong winds of 45 mph, according to CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford.

The storm, which moves from north-northeast to 12 mph, should not touch the ground. Arthur is expected to turn northeast and pick up speed on his way to North Carolina along the coast on Monday before heading east into the ocean late Monday evening, said Shackelford.

Tropical storm force winds will extend outward to 90 miles from the center. Officials are telling the public to prepare as the storm is expected to intensify in the next 48 hours.

The official start of the hurricane season is still two weeks away, but North Carolina is already preparing residents to keep their eyes on Arthur as the storm deepens.

“Everyone in our coastal areas must remain aware and careful as Arthur touches our coasts on Monday,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a press release issued on Sunday. “Pay close attention to the forecast and don’t take risks in dangerous waves. “

The radar shows the possible paths of the storm.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued from Surf City to Duck and Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, said Shackelford.

Strong winds will arrive early Monday in the state and persist until evening. Sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph are possible inland while gusts of 15-25 mph can occur along the US 17 corridor. Scattered power outages are also possible, said the office statement. of the governor.

“This early season storm reminds us that we must always be ready for the weather,” said North Carolina director of emergency management Mike Sprayberry in a press release released on Sunday.

Dangerous marine conditions

Arthur is expected to have an even greater impact on the state’s Outer Banks. which could see gusty winds between 50-65 mph and between one to three inches of rain.

Strong waves, deadly rip currents and unsafe sea conditions were already present on the coast on Sunday and will continue across the coast on Monday.

Dangerous backdraft in Florida resulted in rescues of 70 people in Volusia County on Sunday, a Volusia County Beach Safety statement said.

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Three of the 16, 17 and 24 year olds were taken to local hospitals for safety reasons, Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Laura Warner told CNN in an email Sunday evening.

Red and purple flags were hoisted on Sunday to indicate dangerous tear conditions and dangerous marine life, after Portuguese mano-w-wars have been stranded on the beaches for the past two days.

Warner said the rescues took place from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach.

“It’s very likely that the Atlantic storm will affect our surfing conditions,” Warner told CNN. “But it’s not uncommon to have rough waves and dangerous rip current conditions at this time of the year. “

CNN’s Haley Brink and Deanna Hackney contributed to this report.

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