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Arthur nearing hurricane strength

Arthur nearing hurricane strength

Tropical Storm Arthur continues to slowly move north, and is forecast to pick up in speed and strength. The storm is forecast to become a hurricane by Thursday.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for coastal areas from Surf City, North Carolina northward to Duck. The warning area includes Pamlico Sound and Eastern Albemarle Sound. A hurricane watch has been issued for Little River Inlet to south of Surf City. Tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for coastal areas from South Santee River South Carolina to south of Surf City; north of Duck to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, but not including the Chesapeake Bay; western Albemarle Sound.

Tracking Tropical Storm Arthur

Tracking Tropical Storm Arthur

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The first tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season formed Tuesday and could affect the Carolinas as a hurricane by Thursday.

Tropical Storm Arthur formed Tuesday morning as it crawled off of Florida's east coast at 2 mph.

Tracking potential tropical system forming midweek

Tracking potential tropical system forming midweek

The first tropical system of the season will likely develop as we lead up to the 4th of July.

There is an area of low pressure off the eastern coast of Florida that is beginning to get a little better organized. The National Hurricane Center is giving this a 60% chance that it will develop into a tropical system within the next 48 hours. They give it an 80% chance of developing within 5 days.

The computer models show it moving south, then curving back up to the north and east skirting the Atlantic coastline.

As July 4th gets closer we will get hotter

As July 4th gets closer we will get hotter

Even hotter air is on the way as we work towards July 4th. That in addition to the muggy conditions will make for a pretty uncomfortable workweek weatherwise. Temperatures will move up to the mid 90s Monday through Thursday. The outlook for July 4th remains hot. Morning temperatures for the Peachtree Road Race will be in the mid to upper 70s. Afternoon temperatures will be in the mid 90s. Evening temperatures will hold in the mid 80s for the fireworks. There will be a slight chance for afternoon and early evening showers. We will keep fine tuning that forecast for the 4th as we get closer to it.

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More sun, fewer storms rest of this week

More sun, fewer storms rest of this week

Some drier air will work in for Wednesday, so we should receive a little more sunshine. Still the potential for afternoon thunderstorms (30% chance).

The chance for showers and thunderstorm will continue to drop Thursday and Friday (20%), but temps will go up. Around 90 degree both days.

Scattered storms on and off all day

Scattered storms on and off all day

The trend is the storms moving into Georgia today are weakening and will fall apart before reaching the Atlanta metro counties.

Expect more scattered showers and thunderstorms to pop up again this afternoon. It will be hot and humid as highs reach near 90 degrees.

The unsettled weather will continue as a cold front drops into the state, then stalls and serves as the trigger for afternoon scattered thunderstorms. Although the storms are not expected to be severe, some of the storms could have gusty winds, frequent lightning, and hail.

Mostly sunny today with chance of stronger storms coming Thursday

Mostly sunny today with chance of stronger storms coming Thursday

The scattered showers and thunderstorms will return to the forecast tonight as a weak disturbance moves closer to the area. Look for a 30% chance, which means not everyone will see wet weather. The storms will begin in our northern most counties, then move down to the metro area.

Today, we'll see mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of pop-up storms.We are not expecting the storms to be severe, but some of the storms could produce frequent lightning, and gusty winds. The high will be 88.