A tropical depression off the coast of Florida is projected to become a tropical storm Tuesday, the first of the season. It might develop into a hurricane that would be projected to strike on July 4.
According to a CNN article Tuesday, the tropical depression will be named Arthur if it becomes a tropical storm. Its maximum sustained winds as of the morning were 35 mph. The depression will change to a storm if winds rise above 38 mph, and will become a hurricane if winds exceed 74 mph.
Fox reported that a tropical storm watch is in effect from Flagler Beach to Fort Pierce. This area is about 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., which is famous for NASA’s launch site.
A NOAA forecast projects that the July 4 tropical storm will become a hurricane. If its projections are correct, it would hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Arthur would most likely be a weak Category One hurricane that would dissipate throughout the weekend.