MIAMI (July 2, 2014) The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning Wednesday for parts of North Carolina as Tropical Storm Arthur moves north off Florida's coast, threatening Fourth of July plans for thousands of people.
The warning area stretches from Little River Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border and means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in that area within 36 hours.
Arthur was about 105 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral and about 260 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C., Wednesday and was moving north at about 7 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
A tropical storm watch for Florida was discontinued.
Forecasters expect Arthur to strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday and skim North Carolina's popular, flood-prone Outer Banks on Friday.