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Arthur - 1996
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Tropical Storm Arthur Nears the North Carolina Coastline

An area of showers and cloudiness east of the Bahamas began to take shape on June 16. The next day, the system organized further and it quickly formed Tropical Depression One, the first of the season at about 1 PM EST on June 17. The depression traversed northwestward out of the Bahamas, and then turned to the north before becoming Tropical Storm Arthur late on June 18. The deep convection remained displaced from the center, which kept Arthur as a very weak storm with winds only reaching 45 mph on June 19, which would be the storm's peak intensity. At about this time, Arthur turned to the northeast and avoided a direct landfall in North Carolina. The center of circulation still passed over Cape Lookout, North Carolina late on June 19, with winds of 40 mph. The majority of the rain and thunderstorms associated with the storm remained well to the west of the center, while the tropical storm force winds remained offshore for the most part. Arthur weakened to a tropical depression on June 20 when located about 100 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras, and then began to accelerate in an eastward direction. The storm began to lose tropical characteristics, and degenerated into an extratropical gale on June 21 when located about 350 miles north of Bermuda. The remnant system was tracked until June 23, when it was absorbed into a larger system. No damages or casualties were reported due to Arthur, and damage was reported as minimal.