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FORT MYERS, Fla. — An area of low pressure off of the Florida east coast has developed into the first tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The system is located about 105 miles east southeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., as it moves southwestward.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the coast of east-central Florida, from Fort Pierce northward to just south of Flagler Beach.

Strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours and the system could become Tropical Storm Arthur on Tuesday.

The system is expected to turn westward Tuesday night and northward by Wednesday near the Florida east coast.

A turn toward the northeast near the southeastern coast of the United States is expected by Thursday.

Models tracking this system generally agree on a south to south-southwest movement over the next 24 hours, then turning back toward the north-northwest and paralleling the Florida coastline through Wednesday night.

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