ROANOKE, Va. – 11 P.M. UPDATE:
Tropical Depression One has officially been upgraded to Tropical Storm Arthur this evening. As of now, Arthur is approximately 190 miles off the coast of Florida.
Sustained winds are clocking in at 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. This storm is tracking north-northeast at 13 mph.
Tropical Storm Arthur precedes the official start of hurricane season which begins on June 1st.
A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect along the North Carolina coast (see photo below). This watch is in effect for the potential of tropical storm force winds, heavy rain, coastal surf and rip currents.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression One, soon to be named Arthur, formed off the coast of east-central Florida Saturday afternoon.
The tropical depression is currently producing sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts up to 45 mph. The pressure of the system is 1008 mb.
The storm will follow a path along the east coast over the coming days.
A tropical storm watch has been issued along the North Carolina coast.