Arthur gaining strength, expected to track off the coast

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The project path of Tropical Storm Arthur

National Hurricane Center
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 05:17 PM.

Mother Nature may very well have some fireworks of her own planned for the Fourth of July.

The National Hurricane Center predicts a tropical system to develop into a hurricane and be off the coast of North Carolina by late Thursday and early Friday.

Tropical Storm Arthur formed Tuesday morning off the Florida coast and forecasters are beginning to narrow in on the strength and projected path of the storm. The exact track remains somewhat uncertain, but weather forecasters expect the storm to be close enough to land to bring an increased chance of rain Thursday and Friday with gusty winds, possibly to tropical storm strength between 39 mph and 74 mph.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, no watches or warnings had been issued for the area in advance of Arthur, which was located off the Florida coast with 50 mph winds.

Havelock officials met about the storm on Tuesday and have started initial preparations.

“We’re monitoring everything real closely,” said Kelsey Petrosky, the city’s communications coordinator.

She said more meetings are planned for Wednesday when more storm preparations will take place.

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