Tropical storm forms of Atlantic coast

arthurWith the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm gradually gained strength off Florida’s coast on Tuesday, though Arthur wasn’t yet spooking too many in the storm’s potential path.

“I think everybody’s keeping one eye on the weather and one eye on the events this weekend,” said Joe Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah, the city’s tourism bureau.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for a swath of Florida’s east coast, and the National Hurricane Center urged those as far north as parts of Virginia to monitor Arthur’s path.

On Tuesday afternoon, the storm swirled about 90 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral, moving about 5 mph with maximum sustained winds about 40 mph.

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