"We think actually that may bow it out a little further off the east coast".
It's a massive cyclone with tropical-storm-force winds extending 415 miles from its center.
"Florida may only get skimmed by the storm this weekend but the Carolina coast, which sticks out farther to the east, is still vulnerable for a possible landfall early next week", said Alan Reppert, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
The forecast shows the storm moving near or over the southeastern and central Bahamas Friday and then moving near or over the northwestern Bahamas Saturday.
Wet weather and widespread rainfall is likely, and forecasters are warning of rough seas and an increased rip current risk next week.
"The emotional state of people is deteriorating more every day", he said, adding that crews will fan out to assess damage once the weather clears.
Florida has emerged as a major new epicenter of the United States battle against the disease, with confirmed cases recently surpassing NY and now second only to California.
"Anywhere from the outer banks to the Florida Keys needs to really pay attention to this today and tomorrow". At this point, it doesn't look like this is going to be a major storm but it's always best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Homestead to West Palm Beach could see about a foot of storm surge, and Homestead to Melbourne could see flooding rain. The chances go up slightly for all three locations on Sunday.
"We have 20 shelters basically on stand-by".
"It is a very fluid situation", DeSantis told a news conference. But at this point, we're not opening them.
Miami-Dade County also announced that all facilities operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, including beaches and parks, will close by 8 p.m. Friday in preparation for the storm. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will also be likely each afternoon. "If anything, it might make us drier this weekend".
Once the storm passes over the east side of Florida, the projected path forecasts that it will be moving towards the Carolinas.
The storm's direct impact on the Rock Hill area is uncertain, according to National Weather Service forecasters. "We had to put safety first", he said. Making the day equally hard for many in the city is a shortage of fuel that paralyzed public transport.
The Puerto Rico National Guard rescued at least 35 people from flood waters, which swept away one woman who remains missing.
Especially hard hit was Puerto Rico's southern region, which is still being shaken by daily tremors. This would bring heavy rains and strong winds along the I-95 corridor.
Maximum sustained wind speeds are forecast to reach 70 mph, just four miles under hurricane strength.
Original story as published Thursday morning below this line. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued along the Treasure Coast.
The NHC says that interests along the southeast coast of the United States should monitor the progress of this system.
Tropical Storm Arthur formed in mid-May, making this the sixth straight year that a named storm formed before the official start of hurricane season on June 1.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
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