SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re not that deep into the Atlantic Hurricane Season, but we already have a storm on our hands.
Tropical Storm Arthur formed Tuesday morning and is already bringing wind and high surf to the Florida coastline.
As the storm turns northeast it will ride along the United States East Coast, too close for comfort for the North Carolina coastline. Eventually Arthur will be heading in the general direction of the waters off the coast of New England. It has the potential to strengthen to a Category 1 Hurricane before quickly weakening as it heads toward Nova Scotia.
New England doesn’t look to see a direct hit from this one…that being said we will still feel the impacts of this storm.
On Thursday, we may be dealing with a weather phenomenon known as P.R.E. or Predecessor Rain Event. This basically means that we will be tapping into the storm’s tropically moist conditions before Arthur even gets close to New England. These P.R.E. systems can bring large amounts of rain, which could lead to flash flooding concerns. Where the heaviest bands of rain set up is still yet to be determined, but heavy rain on Thursday is possible and that will be the worst “impact” we see from Arthur.
Into Friday, July 4th, showers linger, but the heavier rain pushes east of western Massachusetts.
The weekend looks sunny and dry, but coastal areas of New England will still be seeing the affects of Arthur. Not because there will be a lot of rain or wind, but because the surf will be high and rip current risk will be dangerous.
Plenty can change between now and the end of the week, but as we continue to narrow down the details of this storm remember that if we do get flooding to never drive over flooded streets.