WILMINGTON — Hurricane Arthur has been upgraded to a Category 1 storm, yet forecasters are still not expecting the first hurricane of the season to inconvenience most Robeson County residents over the holiday weekend.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington is forecasting that the storm would make landfall at 6 p.m. Thursday, and by 8 a.m. on the Fourth of July will have moved off of North Carolina’s northern banks.
“By 8 p.m. on Friday it will already be 22 miles off of the New Jersey shoreline, if that gives you an idea of how fast this is moving,” said Steve Pfaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
While the outer banks and North Carolina coast are currently projected to experience sustained 60 mph winds and up to six inches of rain, Pfaff says that the southeast side of Robeson County will likely see an inch to half an inch of rain tonight and Friday morning, with little in the way of wind.
“The rainfall in Robeson County will drop significantly by Friday morning,” Pfaff said Thursday. “This isn’t going to be one of those storms that lingers.”
The National Weather Service is recommending caution be used by people traveling toward the North Carolina coast, as the forecast is calling for flooding and a risk of tornadoes in the coastal Cape Fear area.