Weather conditions to improve as Hurricane Arthur passes Charleston

Weather conditions are expected to rapidly improve across the Lowcountry Thursday afternoon as Hurricane Arthur begins to move northward.

Hurricane Arthur will brush the Charleston coastline Thursday, bringing heavy surf and a high risk for rip currents along the beaches, according to Live 5 Meteorologist Justin Lock.

Arthur brought wind and heavy rains along the Charleston coast Thursday morning. Lock says the chance of rain will decrease for the Charleston metro, but higher accumulations are expected along the coast well north of Charleston as Arthur continues to strengthen as it moves across the coastline.

The center of the hurricane is expected to pass 100 miles off the coast of Charleston.

The Category 1 storm is strengthening, sustaining winds of 90 mph as it moves north-northeast at 10 mph. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Arthur should pick up speed as it moves towards the North Carolina coast Thursday evening.

With Hurricane Arthur moving up the coast, sunshine and calm winds will return to the Lowcountry Friday morning just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

Lock says the forecast looks great for fireworks and temperatures this weekend will be slightly below normal in the upper 80s.

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