July 1, 2014 11:28 am
Updated: July 1, 2014 11:29 am

Tropical Storm Arthur forms off coast of Florida

This NOAA satellite image shows a swirl of clouds trying to organize around a centre of low pressure off the eastern Florida Coast.


MIAMI – Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state’s east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds late Tuesday morning are about 65 kph. The centre says Arthur is expected to strengthen in the next 48 hours. The storm is forecast to produce rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, mainly across the eastern Florida peninsula.

The storm is centred about 155 kilometres southeast of Cape Canaveral and is moving northwest at 4 kph.

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