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Tropical Storm Arthur as of Tuesday morning.
Tropical Storm Arthur as of Tuesday morning. / NOAA
Likely movement for Tropical Storm Arthur through the coming week. / marcoislandflorida.com

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North Carolina is under a hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Arthur moves northward off of Florida's east coast.

As of 8 a.m., the storm was 100 miles east of Cape Canaveral moving north at 6 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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A tropical storm watch remains in effect for past of Florida's east coast, from Sebastian Inlet to Flagler Beach. As the storm heads north, a new hurricane watch for parts of North Carolina, Bogue Inlet to Oregon Inlet and Pamlico sound, has been issued.

Arthur will past the northeastern coast of Florida by tonight, bringing a couple of inches of rain and increasing the threat of rip currents across the eastern coast of the Sunshine state.

In Southwest Florida, Arthur will help produce a few scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, especially over interior portions of the area. High temperatures will continue through the weekend.

The storm is expected to strengthen and forecasters say it could become a hurricane by Thursday.

Arthur will continue north today and move toward the north-northeast tonight, followed by a turn toward the northeast and increase in speed Thursday. It will move parallel to the South Carolina coast and approach North Carolina Thursday night.

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