Tropical Storm Arthur becoming better organized, growing stronger

MIAMI - The first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season grew stronger Tuesday afternoon, according to reports from an Air Force reconnaissance plane.

At 5 p.m., Tropical Storm Arthur was about 135 miles east-southeast of Cape Canaveral.


A tropical storm watch is in effect for Florida's east coast from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. Arthur was meandering to the northwest at 2 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

Areas north of the watch area to Virginia Beach were advised to closely monitor the storm's progress.

A gradual turn to the north is expected on Wednesday.

The system is expected to remain just offshore and pass east of northeast Florida on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

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