Hurricane Arthur

ACI-NA continues to monitor Hurricane Arthur, the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm, and any potential impact it may have on airports located along the east coast of the US and Canada.

As noted in the 1100 EDT forecast discussion from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Arthur is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.  The storm is currently 110 miles south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina and is moving north-northeast at approximately 10 miles per hour. Arthur is now expected to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane as it nears the North Carolina coast tonight and into early Friday morning. 

In addition to strong winds, heavy rain, localized flooding, and low cloud ceilings/visibilities are expected to be associated with TS Arthur. We also expect significant rerouting of coastal air traffic—particularly offshore airspace routes between the Carolinas and the Northeast US.

ACI-NA will post updates as the storm continues its northward track. At this time, we encourage all in the potentially affected areas airports to review your Irregular Operations and Airport Emergency plans and ensure that all contact information for major air carriers serving your respective airport are up to date.

We also encourage you to share information concerning storm-related facility impacts (e.g., runway closures, navaid losses, etc.) with ACI-NA at IROPS@aci-na.org.

The Southeast Disaster Operations Group (SEADOG) is also actively monitoring the storm and will be standing by to assist airport operators directly affected by the storm. We will be coordinating our activities with SEADOG over the weekend, particularly if Hurricane Arthur takes a track that carries it closer to shore.

Please contact ACI-NA’s Chris Oswald or Paul Eubanks with additional questions or concerns.