Tropical Depression 1 forms off Florida's east coast

Tropical Depression 1 forms off Florida's east coast

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LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A tropical depression spinning off the east coast of Florida may bring some rain to the Sunshine State, but it's expected to eventually move away from the state before it gets too much stronger.

Tropical Depression 1 was officially named late Monday evening after its winds reached 35 miles per hour.  The National Hurricane Center expects the depression to strengthen into Tropical Storm Arthur before long.

A tropical storm watch was posted for the Atlantic side of the state, with high winds and increased rain chances likely from Fort Pierce northward to just south of Flagler Beach.

FOX 35 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Richards says the biggest impact on Central Florida could be intermittent showers and wind.

"We can expect breezy conditions inland with windy conditions along the coast for the next few days," said Richards.  "Waves will be increasing and near-tropical storm force wind gusts could impact the coast in the coming hours."

TRACK THE TROPICS:  OrlandoHurricane.com

This system is currently located about 90 miles east of Melbourne.  It is moving southwestward at around and 5 mph but is expected to turn westward tonight and northward by Wednesday near the east Florida coast. A turn toward the northeast near the southeastern U.S. coast is expected by Thursday.

"As we near the Fourth of July, this system will be accelerating away from Florida, and we will be left with a rip current threat through the weekend," added Richards.  "Heavy rainfall and severe weather is not anticipated at any time here in Florida."


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