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Tropical Depression near Florida upgrades to Tropical Storm Arthur

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Tropical Depression off of the coast of Florida strengthens. / Photo from NOAA.GOV Tropical Depression off of the coast of Florida strengthens. / Photo from NOAA.GOV
UPDATE: MIAMI (AP) - 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 40 mph (65 kph). The center 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 centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) southeast of Cape Canaveral and is moving northwest at 2 mph (4 kph).

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MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Florida is expected to strengthen and soon become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The depression's maximum sustained winds Tuesday morning are near 35 mph (55 kph).

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Florida's east coast from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. The depression is centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's been nearly stationary over the last few hours but a northwestward motion is expected to begin later in the day.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Elida is meandering off Mexico's southwestern coast. Elida's maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph) with some weakening forecast.

A tropical storm warning is effect for Mexico's coast from Lazaro Cardenas to Cabo Corrientes.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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