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First Hurricane of the Season Could Spoil July Fourth for East Coast

An emergency official uses his cell phone to track the path of a hypothetical hurricane as he takes part in the annual Hurricane Emergency Operations Center functional exercise on May 28, 2014 in Miami.
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An emergency official uses his cell phone to track the path of a hypothetical hurricane as he takes part in the annual Hurricane Emergency Operations Center functional exercise on May 28, 2014 in Miami.

The first hurricane of the season could form just in time to wreck the Fourth of July. A tropical depression swirling Tuesday over Miami and the Bahamas is projected to strengthen—and some forecast models have it sweeping straight up the Atlantic coast as the holiday approaches.

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If the disturbance reaches tropical storm strength, it would be named Arthur. Some models even have it reaching hurricane force. A tropical storm watch is already in place for part of the Atlantic coast of Florida and could be extended Tuesday. It's too early to tell where the storm will be for the holiday Friday, but fireworks plans could be shelved from Cape Cod to the mid-Atlantic coast.

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