UPDATE: Authur Strengthens More as It Nears the Outer Banks
UPDATE: 9:27 p.m.
Lynchburg, VA - Hurricane Authur's maximum sustained winds have increased to 100 mph as of 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane, which began to organize over the weekend as a weak area of low pressure off the east coast, has maintained a healthy structure over the past few days. Authur is speeding up a bit, now moving to the NNE at 15 mph.
On that track, the hurricane will likely pass over the Outer Banks overnight with high surf and damaging wind. Power outages and plenty of overwash is expected with the storm near the center.
Meanwhile in our area, an approaching cold front brought numerous showers and thunderstorms with very heavy downpours as the storms interacted with the outer-most flow around Authur. No direct impacts from the hurricane are expected in our area, though.
Virginia Beach will see some squally weather for a short time early Friday, then conditions will rapidly clear out making way for a delightful weekend ahead.
For the latest ABC 13 forecast, click here.-------------------------Lynchburg, VA - Hurricane Arthur is moving getting ever closer to the North Carolina coastline late Thursday afternoon. The storm should make landfall over the Outer Banks near Cape Hatteras overnight. As of 5 p.m., Arthur had sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts over 100 mph. The storm is moving NNE at 13 mph, but is expected to move more NE while picking up forward speed overnight. Winds at that strength can damage buildings and down trees and power lines. The high surf will be of particular concern for the Outer Banks, too, as fragile Highway 12 floods very easily. A cold front and a dip in the jet stream brought some storms to our area Thursday and are playing a huge role in curving Arthur more north and east, keeping the hurricane's most powerful winds right along the beaches. While our area could use some rain, the flow around Arthur is tropical and the air has plenty of moisture to work with tonight. The front has stalled over us and bands of heavy rain and storms are setting up over parts of the area. It's possible that we may see these bands of heavy rain sit over the same areas early tonight, which could lead to flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Roanoke/Lynchburg areas including Martinsville and Danville and part of the NRV tonight. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is also in effect for the area until 9 p.m. Thursday. Generally 1-2" of rain is expected in the heavier amounts. If the rain falls too fast, though, some flash flooding and urban flooding is possible.