SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hurricane Arthur continues to gather strength as it moves up the southern coast toward the Carolinas.
Arthur, which was designated a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning, is expected to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane before it hits North Carolina’s Outer Banks late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
Hurricane Warnings are in effect for that region.
Under the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which measures the intensity of hurricanes, Category 1 hurricanes have sustained winds of 74 mph or greater, while a Category 2 hurricane has winds of 96 miles per hour. At 11:00 A.M., Arthur had sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, with gusts up to 115 miles per hour.
Arthur is expected to weaken as it moves northward past the Carolinas.
Late Friday and early Saturday, Hurricane Arthur will move off the coast of southeastern Massachusetts. Heavy rain and gusty winds are possible along coastal Rhode Island, the Cape and the Islands, although tropical storm or hurricane force winds are not expected.
Though the impacts on land will not be that great, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the waters south and east of Nantucket and the Outer Cape.
Ahead of Arthur’s arrival we’ll be tracking some tropical rains for Friday here in western Massachusetts, which could lead to flash flooding. However, we are not expecting direct impacts here from Hurricane Arthur.
Stay with 22News as we continue to follow the track of Hurricane Arthur.