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First Alert Weather: T. S. Arthur forms, may graze SE NC late Thursday

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As of midday Tuesday, Arthur was located just southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida and was drifting northwest. The low-grade tropical storm featured maximum sustained winds of 40mph and a central pressure of 1007mb. As of midday Tuesday, Arthur was located just southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida and was drifting northwest. The low-grade tropical storm featured maximum sustained winds of 40mph and a central pressure of 1007mb.
Access to warm water will likely allow Arthur to gradually strengthen through Wednesday and Thursday. Access to warm water will likely allow Arthur to gradually strengthen through Wednesday and Thursday.
A trough of low pressure will likely guide the system northward, along the Carolina Coast, between Thursday and early Friday. A trough of low pressure will likely guide the system northward, along the Carolina Coast, between Thursday and early Friday.
Expect variable clouds with scattered showers and tropical downpours. Localized poor-drainage flooding is likely but major river flooding is far less likely. Expect variable clouds with scattered showers and tropical downpours. Localized poor-drainage flooding is likely but major river flooding is far less likely.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Your First Alert Weather team continues to monitor the first Atlantic tropical system of 2014: Tropical Storm Arthur. The system has the potential to at least graze southeastern North Carolina with downpours, locally gusty winds, and heavy surf and rip currents to the area - especially late Thursday and Thursday night.

THE LATEST ON THE SYSTEM: As of midday Tuesday, Arthur was located just southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida and was drifting northwest. The low-grade tropical storm featured maximum sustained winds of 40mph and a central pressure of 1007mb.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE SYSTEM: Access to warm water will likely allow Arthur to gradually strengthen through Wednesday and Thursday. A trough of low pressure will likely guide the system along just east of the North Carolina coast Thursday night. It'll be a fast-mover and will certainly not linger for the holiday weekend!

* The National Weather Service has not yet issued any tropical weather watches or warnings for Tropical Depression One, but in case of changes, please stay tuned to WECT First Alert Weather for updates.*

TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY: Seasonable summertime conditions will prevail with daytime skies partly sunny, isolated showers and thunderstorms (mainly each afternoon), and afternoon highs mainly in the upper 80s and lower 90s (heat index possibly up to 100 in the case of Wednesday).

THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT: Expect variable clouds with scattered showers and tropical downpours. Localized poor-drainage flooding is likely but major river flooding is far less likely. East or northeast winds may gust more than 40mph along the coast, but wind damage does not appear likely at this time. Also expect heavy surf and rip currents. Temps: 70s and 80s.

INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND: In the wake of the tropical system, a return to more typical summertime weather is likely. For Friday the 4th, for example, expect variable clouds, the possibility of a passing shower or storm (total washout looking very unlikely!), and highs mainly in the upper 80s. Similar weather is likely for Saturday and Sunday.

How to stay informed:

On Air

The First Alert Meteorologists are keeping a close eye on Arthur and will show you the latest models and forecasted tracks during each newscast on WECT.  They will also give updates any time of the day, as they are needed. Not near a TV? Don't worry, WECT live streams all of its newscasts. Watch online here: http://bit.ly/1fkPwUd or on mobile here: http://bit.ly/Mf7tIm

Online

You can keep an eye on the skies by clicking on WECT.com.  Not only can you view the latest predictions, tracks and radar but you can access the Hurricane Survival Guide (http://bit.ly/1qroiSs). In it you can find information about evacuation routes, shelters and the essentials needed in your survival kit. 

Also be sure to click on our interactive hurricane tracker and to check out the interactive radar (http://bit.ly/1x5EY2u).

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  1. Download the WECT News App.  We will keep it updated with the most up-to-date information and video reports.  Just look for WECT News in the Android market , the iTunes app store, or in App World on your Blackberry. *Make sure your apps are updated to ensure all bugs are worked out.

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