National Hurricane Center Assesses Arthur

The storm is expected to become a category 2 hurricane.
8:39 | 07/03/14

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In the first hurricane of the season the day before the big fourth of July holiday weekend. Has the East Coast evacuating. Boarding up and changing plans today -- there is now a category one with hurricane with winds clocked at eighty miles per hour. And gaining strength. Could become a category two by the end of the day we'll find out with the latest forecast I'm Michelle Franzen a New York. Developing now other hurricane -- moving in closer and closer by the hour. Expected to reach North Carolina first that's where ABC's David -- is standing by live in Nags Head. David holiday plans for that area halted by -- -- unwelcome arrival doesn't think people. Are taking evacuation orders seriously. Those who have been told to evacuate yes and that's Cape Hatteras which is about thirty miles down the beach this way but you can see behind me here. Folks are still enjoying a summer day here the difference is we have a bullseye on our back -- Michelle this is where Arthur is probably going to hit the strongest. And if he looked skyward you can start to see -- see more cloud cover. But at this point. If you look out on the water you can see folks are still enjoying a little bit of recreation before the storm actually comes -- -- good. Twelve to eighteen hours before it actually hits here in the access. Michelle and David that was my next question warnings dot the coastline what about there are despite -- -- the warning we see someone out there and joined the search for people still coming out out of curiosity. Order just taking and the water and as anybody enforcing. Them to get out. Yeah once again it's a mandatory back which -- just on hatteras island so all along these other beach county's. It's as suggesting he may want to evacuate but people don't have good that we -- lot of vacationers are staying. And you mentioned yes the flag is flying for the rip current. But it wasn't just this guy here -- some other folks over here actually still -- with their boogie boards and surfboards. Enjoying the weather so yeah added that it is going to be a fine afternoon here -- people are still enjoying the the calm before the storm and as we can feel the winds -- up and as I mentioned the clouds are coming in just a little -- Dad David governor Pat McCrory urging residents to take this hurricane seriously saying quote. Don't put on your stupid hat here's more of what he had to say -- day. But again. The best thing to do is keep yourself out of harm's way so you don't put any of the -- -- other safety personnel lives in jeopardy. While trying to make a rescue that frankly wasn't needed. If we were Smart about so -- -- movement's actions were. So for residents and tourists who are under that mandatory evacuation we've seen some shuttle. Shuttling taking them away by the -- where do we know where they're going -- they just waiting inland for the storm to pass what are you hearing from people -- Well a lot of people do -- Friday to Friday's. Reservation down here so a lot of votes -- going to leave today anyway but -- -- the roadways. Half of the that area here we did talk to a couple of folks who said listen they told us to evacuate. And we're gonna lead it's better than having our car flooded so a lot of folks -- that their timing somewhere supposed to leave tomorrow they're leaving a little bit early. It is ruining some vacations but a lot of folks we win we talked to a couple who they've been watching the weather. And watching the television to see what's going on with the weather and they're gonna ride it out they said we've never been hurt in the from Ohio but they're gonna ride it out tomorrow. A lot of people in that area are riding out hurricanes in previous years we'll watch how this -- takes -- think David early for that report. The astronauts on the International Space Station once again keeping an eye on this hurricane sending back. These images Arthur as they flew over today. Also watching it all for us Rick Knapp director of no -- National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Florida Rick thanks for joining us. Who want to get right into -- how strong is Arthur we've seen it take shape now a category one. What that she is shaping up like -- make it to a category you. Well we are forecasting additional strengthening so it could become category two strength before passing near or over. Portions of -- sold North Carolina. Tonight into early tomorrow morning for regardless of the exact track and intensity we've been expecting -- hurricane for awhile now hurricane watch has been -- since yesterday morning. If you're in hurricane warning area and especially. If you are told by local emergency managers to evacuate you need to do so and take the situation very seriously is not just about the wind but the water hazards as well. It is the first storm of course of the season and also hitting. During a holiday weekend how much more dangerous does this may -- for the entire East Coast. Well what people have to do if they have travel plans to the North Carolina area. South Carolina Virginia and points north of there is to factor. The potential. Conditions -- And in the instructions from officials in those areas into their plans you can't just tune out and continue with your plans as you -- laid them out previously because this storm changes how you need to react. Two what you're gonna do this weekend. And realize that hurricanes are not just a point on the map even if the center is not gonna go. Near to where you're gonna spend some time. This weekend on the East Coast. You've got to remember that people often die in the water. -- a good distance away from the center of a storm or hurricane. In rip currents and high surf and and getting out on boats and in rough ocean conditions so if you respect the water and not just the wind. You'll realize that. There could be dangerous conditions you're headed into if you're going to be spent some time on the coast and -- factor all of that into your plans this weekend and again do whatever local officials. In the areas in which you live. Or visiting are saying that used to do. And we've also seen the projected path of hurricane does not look right now that it could make that right turn over the ocean which area then could. Take the brunt of hurricane Arthur as it moves and -- And that the worst conditions will be felt in eastern North Carolina tonight and early tomorrow morning and that is where I think the brunt of -- force will be felt on land. In the United States. Because once we get to this time tomorrow -- into during the day and the evening on the fourth of July Arthur will be moving off accelerating into the northeast over the Atlantic. And then. We'll be dealing with the peripheral wind and water -- along the mid Atlantic and northeastern parts of the US for example. Nantucket Cape Cod they're still a chance of winds of tropical storm force there. And some dangerous assertion ocean conditions many points up and -- the East Coast. And then of course. We could be dealing with a pretty a noticeable impact in Canada. Into the weekend so it's not going to be over once a -- North Carolina tomorrow but that's where the brunt of the can the worst conditions will. The experience and again we mentioned the first storm of the season give us an idea of what -- the water conditions are off the coast the temperature everything that factors and to give the in this storm strength. So while the gulf stream runs. From the East Coast of Florida and around off the coast of the Carolinas and so there's there's plenty of warm water around. That Arthur has been tapping into and as as is often the case with -- early part of hurricane season we often get. As in the case of Arthur. Systems that form on our doorstep and then -- land pretty soon after that. So it's not unusual all four hurricane to be occurring. This time a year close to the US. And as the season goes on we get into the peak months of the season we'll start to look farther south and east into the deep tropical Atlantic and Caribbean. Hospitals longer track systems originated from Africa. But we got to keep our eye on the ball and Arthur right now and no matter what time of year it is within hurricane season. You've got to focus on that hazards the winds in the -- that could affect you where you're living a visiting this weekend. And don't tune out as the weekend progresses and finally Arthur is out of our way by the end of the weekend. Good advice -- -- -- the national hurricanes that are keeping an eye on the storm thanks so much for joining us. And you can keep an eye on this hurricane in real time by downloading the ABC news -- but star in this story for exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.

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