JACKSONVILLE, Fl. - 5pm on Tuesday: maximum sustained winds are now 40mph and the storm is moving NW at 2mph.
Tropical Storm Arthur is getting better organized and is expected to strenghen as it passes by NE Florida on Wednesday.
TS Arthur could become a hurricane as it sweeps by the coasts of South and North Carolina on July 4th.
Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh said TS Arthur will stay offshore of NE Florida, passing appx. 90 miles east with it's closet approach on Wednesday afternoon or evening.
“The First Coast and Jacksonville will be on the weaker side of the circulation of the storm system and the dryer side too,” Buresh said.
We will likely see some showers and thunderstorms, especially closer to the coast, late Tuesday through Wednesday evening, according to Buresh.
“The rainfall amounts shouldn’t be all that great, nor will the wind speed be all that strong,” Buresh said.
Buresh said gusts of wind could get up to 20 to 30 miles per hour at the beaches Wednesday, but thinks in land gusts will not be as strong.
Thunderstorms on Thursday, Friday and Saturday may produce more rain than the passing tropical system, according to Buresh.
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