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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A tropical depression is poised to form off the coast of Florida by Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The forecast for a tropical disturbance as of 8 p.m. June 29, 2014.  (Source: wunderground.com)

The forecast for a tropical disturbance as of 8 p.m. June 29, 2014. (Source: wunderground.com)

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the area of concern is located about 230 miles east of St. Augustine.

The National Hurricane Center said there is a 60 percent chance of development in the next two days and an 80 percent chance of development into a tropical system within five days.

Some rain bands have been seen across the eastern coast of central Florida.  However, dry air is impacting the area of concern Sunday afternoon hindering further development into a tropical depression, for now.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft was scheduled to fly over the region, but has been rescheduled until Monday as the system appears to be slower to develop.

If the pending depression were to form into a tropical storm, the name will be Arthur.

It is forecast to meander off the coast of Florida for a couple of days moving to the south before eventually moving to the north and northeast as a developing tropical cyclone.

Visit the CBS4 Tropics Page for an interactive Tropical Tracker, the newest computer model tracks and more.

Follow Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer on Twitter @CraigSetzer for more updates. 

Watch the latest forecast, click here.

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