Tropical Depression One has formed off of the coast of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A Tropical Storm Watch stretches from north of Surf City to Duck. Heavy rain, gusty winds and rough surf is expected.
The system should strengthen into Tropical Storm Arthur on Sunday.
The tropical storm will move along the southeast coast, making a close approach to the Outer Banks on Monday.
At this time, Tropical Storm Arthur is not expected to make landfall.
Historically, we get early season systems from old stalled fronts off the coast, according to FOX8 Chief Meteorologist Van Denton.
Once we get deeper into June and July, there is less activity, and then it picks up again in August.
The storm will keep most of the wind and rain off the coast. It will be nearest our coast on Monday. A few showers are expected, mainly on the outer banks.
The rip tide threat will be higher this weekend as well. Waves early next week will grow to near six feet on some of our beaches