Tropical storm forming in Florida

The National Hurricane Center has issued an advisory on the first tropical depression of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

Atlantic Tropical Depression One formed about 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral in Florida on Monday night. A tropical storm watch was in effect Tuesday for the east coast of Florida from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. The storm watch is expected to last until Wednesday evening.

The public advisory states the depression had maximum sustained winds of up to 35 miles per hour. It posses no threat to the Cayman Islands.

The National Hurricane Center predicted the depression would become a tropical storm later Tuesday. It is expected to turn north on Wednesday, with the center of the tropical cyclone expected to remain offshore and move east of the east-central coast of Florida.

This week the National Hurricane Center launched an experimental five-day Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook to accompany its text Tropical Weather Outlook.

Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said the tool would be updated every six hours during hurricane season, until Nov. 30.

“The user can get a feel where a tropical cyclone may develop during the next five days and a general idea of where the system may move. It can also alert coastal residents that a system may be forming close to the coast in the three to five day period, something they would not see in the 48 hour outlook,” Mr. Feltgen said.

To view weather predictions www.nhc.noaa.gov.

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