Tropical storm Arthur heads north toward North Carolina
Tropical Storm Arthur is leaving the Florida coast and heading north with sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for parts of North Carolina.
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area spanning the Little River Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border within the next 36 hours.
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Arthur was about 105 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral and about 260 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. It is moving north about 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
A tropical storm watch for Florida has been discontinued.
Forecasters expect Arthur to strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday and skim North Carolina's popular, flood-prone Outer Banks on Friday.
Reid Weisman, an astronaut with NASA, tweeted a photo from space showing the large size of the storm.
He tweeted: "Just flew over TS Arthur - Hoping it heads to sea. Looks mean."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.