Depression near Florida expected to strengthen _lowres

Associated Press photo provided by WEATHER UNDERGROUND -- A NOAA satellite image taken Monday morning shows swirl of clouds trying to organize around a center of low pressure that may develop into a tropical depression soon off the eastern Florida Coast with rain and thunderstorms. Scattered clouds are occurring across western New England and the Appalachians into the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley and Great Lakes with some showers and thunderstorms. A dense area of clouds across the Central and Northern Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley is producing some strong to severe storms.

MIAMI — A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Florida is expected to strengthen and soon become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The depression’s maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 35 mph (55 kph).

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Florida’s east coast from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. The depression is centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and is moving west near 2 mph (4 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Elida is drifting southward off Mexico’s southwestern coast. Elida’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph) with some weakening forecast.

A tropical storm warning is effect for Mexico’s coast from Lazaro Cardenas to Cabo Corrientes.