Up to 3 inches of rain could fall between late Wednesday afternoon and lunchtime on Independence Day, the National Weather Service says, and don't be surprised to see flood watches go up Thursday.
The Storm Prediction Center, in Norman, Okla., has placed the region in the “slight risk” zone for severe storms this afternoon and tonight.
Meanwhile, Arthur, last seen meandering off the mid-Florida coast, is forecast to grow into a Category 1 hurricane by late Thursday night, with peak winds at 80 m.p.h., as it approaches North Carolina.
A hurricane watch is up for Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks from Bogue Inlet to Oregon Inlet. Then Arthur is doomed to become a fish storm, veering out into the North Atlantic and passing off the Cape Cod coast Saturday morning.