The Atlantic season’s first tropical depression formed Monday night off the east coast of Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.
Although the center is expected to remain offshore, a tropical storm watch was issued from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach.
The system’s effects on the Tampa Bay area is expected to be minimal, although rain bands could move inland.
The system is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm Tuesday, the hurricane center said.
The depression’s center was about 105 miles east-southeast of Cape Canaveral at 11 p.m. Monday. Maximum sustained winds were 35 mph.
The system was moving southwest at 2 mph, but a slow west to west-northwest Tuesday morning, with a turn toward the northwest then north by Wednesday.