As of 11 p.m. Arthur still has winds around its center at 100 mph, keeping it a category 2 hurricane. The center is now making landfall into Cape Lookout NC. It's moving to move to the NE at 18mph. The pressure is holding at 976 mb, or 28.82 inches of mercury.
Tropical Storm Arthur is getting beat up a bit this evening as some shear on the NW side and some dry air is interacting with the storm. The winds remain at 50 mph and it is moving very slowly to the N at only 2 mph. The pressure hasn't really dropped all that much on Tuesday evening.
Sarasota, Fla. -- The 2013 hurricane season was a bust for many prognosticators, who were predicting a very active season. As it turned out there were only 2 hurricanes in 2013, and both of those were minimal. During an average season there are usually 6 hurricanes, and 3 of those becoming major storms with winds greater than 110 mph.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- With less than a week before the 2014 hurricane season begins, tropical storm Arthur may be forming during that first week. A couple of forecast models are indicating a tropical low forming near the Yucatan and moving N-NE into the E. Gulf of Mexico during the first week of June.
Sarasota, Fla. - With plenty of tropical moisture in place from a tropical wave, and temperatures soaring into the low 90s today, we saw a line of thunderstorms develop and roll through SW Florida this afternoon. One of the cells produced some strong winds and caused some damage to a car port in N. Sarasota.
The National Weather Service has decided to keep the flood watch for Sarasota and Manatee Counties through Saturday in effect until 4 p.m. A complex storm system in the Gulf will continue to bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.