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Tropical Storm Arthur forms; little threat to Tampa area


Published:   |   Updated: July 1, 2014 at 04:04 PM

The Tampa Bay region is expected to see minimal effects from Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

This afternoon, Tropical Storm Arthur was swirling about 90 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral on the central Florida coast, with forecasters expecting it to move toward the northern part of the state going into Wednesday. Its maximum sustained winds were about 40 mph (65 kph), and it was moving about 5 mph (7 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Tracking maps showed that it could move toward the Carolinas by Thursday.

Locally, the area should see typical, possibly strong, summer afternoon thunderstorms from the outer bands, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.

Highs today will climb past 90, with a 30 percent chance of scattered storms that will subside this evening.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical storm watch has been issued for Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach.

Maximum sustained winds at 11 a.m. were about 40 mph, with expected strengthening in the next 48 hours.

It is forecast to start drifting to the north on Wednesday, and could become a hurricane later this week.

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