Jul 1, 2014 11:07 AM by Dave Baker
The first named storm of the 2014 Hurricane season has formed off the coast of Florida. Tropical Storm Arthur was upgraded from Tropical Depression #1 this morning with winds now up to 40mph. A tropical storm watch is now in effect from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach Florida on the Atlantic coast.
While in a relatively unfavorable area for development because of strong upper level winds, those atmospheric conditions are expected to become more favorable over the next day or so. Therefore strengthening is forecast and a gradual movement toward the north is expected to take place later today. Wednesday into Thursday some intensification is probable and the National Hurricane Center brings Arthur to hurricane status as it passes the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
After that, Arthur is expected to remain a hurricane as it passes east of the New England coast on the 4th of July and eventually dissipating over the northern Atlantic later this weekend.