The center of the storm made it to about 20 miles east of Cape Hatteras. Rain and wind from the storm pushed inland as far as Interstate 95.
Wind gusts of at least 40 mph were recorded in at least two places on the Outer Banks
Here's the latest track for tropical storm Arthur. pic.twitter.com/UJwYRZa5zZ— Brittany Bell (@BrittanyABC11) May 18, 2020
The storm is expected to lose its tropical characteristics some time Tuesday--by then it will have turned east and started moving away from the United States.
While Arthur will remain off the coast, rain bands from the storm pushed into land as early as Monday morning.
Towns near the coast including Newport and Havelock recorded more than 4 inches of rain Monday morning as others approached that number, according to the National Weather Service.
Tropical Storm #Arthur 5am Monday, May 18 Key Messages: Tropical Storm conditions are expected along portions of the North Carolina coast later this morning. Latest advisory at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB and local info at https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN pic.twitter.com/FGNs0t3KiY— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) May 18, 2020
With systems like Arthur, the storm surge can still pose a significant threat. It's still possible the storm could bring life-threatening surf and rip currents along the U.S. East Coast.