Last updated: July 03. 2014 2:35PM - 175 Views
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Hurricane Arthur has picked up speed and may be upgraded from a Category 1 to a Category 2 storm later today, but it’s impact on Sampson is still predicted to be minimal, local emergency officials said Thursday afternoon.

Following a 1 p.m. conference call with the National Weather Service, EMS director Ronald Bass said predictions for Sampson called for rainy and somewhat stormy weather, but little else.

“The prediction is that we will have showers and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening, with sustained winds between 8 and 10 mph,” Bass said. “We could have gusts 15-20 mph.”

While tornado warnings have been issued for New Hanover County and other coastal areas, Bass said the probability of Sampson seeing a tornado from the storm was also very small. But, he cautioned, being vigilant was important, listening to weather information and news agency reports updating the storms track and latest predictions.

“We don’t anticipate any tornadoes in this area, but with tornadoes, they can come up pretty quickly. It’s best to be vigilant,” Bass stressed.

The Associated Press noted that the National Hurricane Center forecast says Arthur should reach Category 2 strength with winds of at least 96 mph before its landfall or closest approach to the N.C. coast early Friday.

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