Florida is making strategies to handle sheltering and evacuations if COVID-19 sticks around into the upcoming hurricane season.


The 2020 Atlantic cyclone season is 2 weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped an early- bird system from alarming the North Carolina coast Sunday.

Tropical Storm Arthur, which formed off Florida on Saturday, was anticipated to strengthen and whip the Outer Banks with rain and gusty winds over night into Monday, the National Weather Service stated. Eastern parts of the state should brace for localized flooding and dangerous marine conditions, forecasters said.

A tropical storm warning– significance 40 mph or greater winds were expected someplace in the caution area within the next 24 to 36 hours– was provided for parts of the Outer Banks from Surf City to Duck, consisting of Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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” Minor inundation from storm rise is possible for extremely low-lying areas nearby to the ocean, sounds, and rivers, with overwash of dunes and flooding of residential or commercial properties and highways possible for places where dune structures are weak,” generally north of Cape Lookout, the National Weather condition Service stated.

Arthur was centered about 300 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras and was moving at 9 miles per hour to the north-northeast Sunday morning, the typhoon center stated.

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” There is a still the possibility that Arthur makes landfall where the barrier islands jut out near Cape Hatteras,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.

Arthur’s preseason appearance isn’t that unusual, making 2020 the 6th successive year with a named storm in May– which is before the season’s official start date of June 1.

Most of the May storms have been weak and uneventful. Hurricane Alberto in 2018 was a fatal exception, hitting 65- mph winds and killing 18 people in Cuba and the U.S.

Arthur was anticipated to intensify as it moved northeastward far from the East Coast early this week. The National Cyclone Center said the storm would transition into a non-tropical low pressure system, however not before stirring up hazardous seaside browse conditions and rip currents from Florida through the Mid-Atlantic.

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Some bands of rain and gusty winds could reach as far north as the Virginia Tidewater and the Delmarva Peninsula on Monday, the Weather Channel stated.

Forecasters are forecasting an active cyclone season this year.

Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University– amongst the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters– predict 16 named hurricanes will form, eight of which will end up being typhoons.

A typical season has 12 tropical storms, six of which are hurricanes. In 2019, there were 18 named storms, 6 of which were hurricanes.

Contributing: Doyle Rice; The Associated Press

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