Tropical Storm Arthur

ACI-NA is monitoring Tropical Storm (TS) 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 of this morning, the storm is located approximately 100 miles east northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida and 260 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina.  As noted in the 1100 EDT forecast discussion from the National Hurricane Center, TS Arthur is currently moving north at approximately 6 knots and is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane within 36 hours.  The current forecast currently shows the storm moving up the east coast over the July 4th weekend as shown in the tropical storm wind prediction map below. According to the current forecast, hurricane force winds are currently expected to remain offshore.

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 Florida and the Northeast US—over the weekend.

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.

We understand the Southeast Disaster Operations Group (SEADOG) is 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 next several days, particularly if TS 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.