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UPDATE: Hot in South Florida; Arthur Approaches NC Coast

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2Pm UPDATE:  By Donna Thomas, EyesOnNews.com Meteorologist, July 3, 2014 – South Florida is hot and hazy on Thursday, but coast of the Carolinas are beginning to deal with a strengthening Hurricane Arthur. At 11 am Thursday, Arthur was located near 32.4 North, 78.5 West, about 110 miles south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina. Arthur’s maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour, and further strengthening is possible. The hurricane was moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour at 11 am. Arthur will pass over or near the Outer Banks tonight and into Friday. Hurricane warnings are up from Surf City, North Carolina to the Virginia border, but 3 feet of storm surge flooding, heavy rain, and damaging winds are expected along the South Carolina coast northward to parts of the Chesapeake Bay region.

Here in South Florida, expect highs in the low to mid 90s Thursday afternoon, but it will feel like temperatures in the triple digits. Passing afternoon storms are possible, especially inland. The 4th of July holiday and the weekend will be hot and sticky, with highs in the low 90s and afternoon storms.

 

 

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By Donna Thomas, EyesOnNews.com Meteorologist, July 3, 2014 – South Florida will see some

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Tonight (NWS)

showers and storms on a hot and hazy Thursday, but the big weather news is the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. Arthur strengthened to a hurricane late on Wednesday, and at 5 am Thursday, it was located near 31.3 North, 79.1 West, or 340 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Arthur was moving north at 9 miles per hour early this morning, but it will turn to the northeast later today before moving over or just off the Outer Banks overnight and into Friday morning. Maximum sustained winds were 75 miles per hour at 5 am Thursday, but some intensification is likely. A hurricane warning is in effect from Surf City, North Carolina northward to the Virginia border, but the effects of Arthur’s outer bands, including heavy rain, gusty winds, dangerous surf, and storm surge flooding, are likely from the South Carolina coast to Chesapeake Bay. Southeastern New England, including Cape Cod, could feel these effects later Friday and into Saturday as Arthur rapidly accelerates.
Here in South Florida, look for some early showers and stray storms on Thursday, giving way to very hot, hazy, and muggy conditions with highs in the low to mid 90s. The 4th of July will be more typical of our summer pattern, with morning lows in the upper 70s, highs in the low 90s, and afternoon storms in spots, moving out in time for evening fireworks displays. The weekend and the early part of the workweek feature more of the same.115906W5_NL_sm

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Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.