CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - With a holiday weekend on the horizon, the National Hurricane Center says the first named storm of the Atlantic season is becoming better organized off Florida and is expected to become a hurricane.
For us here in the Lowcountry, the effects look to be minimal as Tropical Storm Arthur, formed on Tuesday, is expected to come along the South Carolina coast Thursday afternoon.
We can expect some moderate to heavy rainfall along the coastline on Thursday with some high surf and rip currents.
As of Tuesday evening, Arthur is about 500 hundred miles to our south and moving northwest at 5 mph.
Maximum sustained winds Tuesday evening were about 50 mph. The storm was centered about 80 miles east-southeast of Cape Canaveral.
Arthur is expected to strengthen over the next two days and turn toward the north Wednesday.
The storm will be near the South Carolina coast around Thursday afternoon and off to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as we head into the July 4th holiday.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami urges people as far north as parts of Virginia to monitor Arthur's track.
From Florida to the Carolinas, officials and hotel owners say they're not yet seeing many vacation cancelations or other scrambling.