Tropical depression forms near Central Florida

Weather system likely to become Tropical Storm Arthur

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Atlantic hurricane season's first tropical depression formed late Monday night off the coast of Central Florida.

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As of 5am Tuesday, Tropical Depression 1 was swirling about 95 miles east of Cape Canaveral with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

TD1 has also prompted a tropical storm watch for Brevard County, Volusia County and Indian River County. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 24 to 36 hours.

"Expect more pockets of heavy rain and gusty winds [on Tuesday], especially for folks along the coast," Local 6 Meteorologist Julie Broughton said.

TD1 will bring the potential for beach erosion in Brevard, Volusia and Flagler counties, according to Broughton. The system will bring Central Florida winds gusting more than 30 mph, an elevated rip current risk and rough surf.

The latest computer models show TD1 developing into Tropical Storm Arthur sometime Tuesday. The models indicate the system will drift north and up the Atlantic Coast.

"The general trend will be by Wednesday into Thursday it takes that turn away from us," Broughton said.

Track TD1 on the go with the Local 6 Hurricane Tracker app. Search WKMG in the App Store or on Google Play and download it for free.

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