Hurricane Arthur updates
Published 1:42 am Friday, July 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. UPDATE: After swooping across the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Hurricane Arthur has weakened a bit as it continues its northeasterly course at 23 mph. At 9 a.m., it was located off the coast of Virginia.
The National Weather Service in its 9 a.m. update, reported that maximum sustained winds were near 90 mph, with higher gusts and hurricane force winds extending outward up to 40 miles. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles, and a tropical storm warning remains in effect for coastal Virginia.
The tornado watch that Suffolk had been under has expired as of 8 a.m.
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2:30 a.m. UPDATE: The band of storms that caused tornado warnings through much of Hampton Roads has passed.
At 2 a.m., the National Weather Service reported the eye of Hurricane Arthur moving up the west side of the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina, about 30 miles west of Cape Hatteras, moving on a northeast track at 21 mph.
A weather station in the sound reported a sustained wind of 70 mph, with a gust measured at 96 mph.
2:01 a.m. UPDATE: The tornado warning for northeastern Suffolk has expired. A tornado watch remains in effect until 8 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a tornado warning for northeastern Suffolk, effective until 2 a.m
The weather service advises that residents take cover and move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows, and if you’re in a vehicle or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter.
A tornado watch remains in effect until 8 a.m. in Suffolk.
The NWS warning stated that a funnel cloud had been reported near the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach at 1:25 a.m.
NWS Doppler radar indicated a tornado at 1:30 a.m. near Norfolk International Airport, moving west at 20 mph.
Keep watching this space for further updates. You can also track the progress of the storm here.