Jul 1, 2014 2:04 PM by Daniel Phillips
We went a full month in hurricane season before we got the first named storm of the year, but Tropical Storm Arthur is now the first official named storm of the year.
This will pose absolutely no threat to Louisiana or the Gulf of Mexico, but residence living along the east coast will want to pay close attention to this storm.
T.S. Arthur has been getting steadily better organized over the last few days and could eventually strengthen into a hurricane by the end of the week.
Warm sea surface temperatures and a gradual decrease in upper level shear will allow the storm to slowly strengthen, with hurricane conditions being reached by Friday.
The current track will have T.S. Arthur clip the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday, but it will be providing the whole Atlantic Coast with windy and wet conditions.
Tropical Storm Watches have been posted along the east coast of Florida from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach.
Winds are currently sustained at 50 mph with a central pressure of 1003 mb, it is currently moving slowly to the NW at 5 mph.