MIAMI (CBSMiami) – All eyes are on the first tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The depression formed Monday night.
A tropical storm watch has been issued from Fort Pierce northward to just south of Flagler Beach.
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 24 hours to 36 hours.
As of Monday night, the area of concern is about 90 miles east of Vero Beach.
An Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft flew over the disturbance Monday. Sustained winds are between 30 and 35 mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the environmental conditions are becoming more conducive for additional development.
The disturbance is moving southwestward at 5 mph, but will likely make a turn west by Monday night and a turn to the north by Wednesday just off the Florida coast, said meteorologists.
A turn toward the southeastern U.S. is expected by Thursday.
If the depression were to become a tropical cyclone, the storm would be called Tropical Storm Arthur.
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.
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