- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.

The center said the system was about 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral and is moving northwest at 2 mph.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the state’s East Coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach.

The storm could put a damper on Independence Day plans from the Carolinas to the Northeast, forecasters said. A tracking map showed the system hitting just off North Carolina’s Outer Banks on July 4, CNN reported.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds late Tuesday morning were about 40 mph. The center says Arthur is expected to strengthen in the next 48 hours.