Video: Arthur pulls away from Outer Banks; high surf, rip currents remain behind

Rough surf starting to build along the beach off Avon the morning of May 18, 2020. [Brent Larson photo]

The first tropical system of 2020 took a glancing blow at the Outer Banks on Monday, as Tropical Storm Arthur moved up and then eventually off the coast.

While the worst of the weather stayed just offshore, strong winds and heavy rain still made their impacts through much of the day.

A coastal flood advisory remains in effect for the soundside from Oregon Inlet to Ocracoke, and the oceanside from Kill Devil Hills to Ocracoke, and a high surf advisory for the oceanside stretches the length the Outer Banks.

Rip currents are forecast to continue to be a problem along the Outer Banks through this week, and everyone is advised to stay out of the ocean again on Tuesday.

Arthur became a tropical storm 15 days ahead of the start of the hurricane season, and is the first storm in May to impact the Outer Banks since Tropical Storm Anna in 2015.

Forecasters at N.C. State University are calling for an active 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic.

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