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Potential tropical system forecast to steer clear of Tampa Bay

Forecasters continue to monitor an area of thunderstorms in the Caribbean that has a moderate chance of strengthening into the nex tropical system as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico. [National Hurricane Center]

Forecasters continue to monitor an area of thunderstorms in the Caribbean that has a moderate chance of strengthening into the nex tropical system as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico. [National Hurricane Center]

Forecasters continue to monitor an area of thunderstorms in the Caribbean that has a moderate chance of strengthening into the next tropical system as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico.

The chances of it threatening Tampa Bay, however, is slim at best.

What could potentially become Tropical Storm Philippe is situated over the western Caribbean, just of the coast of Central America, and could become better organized starting Friday as it moves north, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It could produce heavy rain across the Florida Keys and South Florida on Saturday, but could weaken by Sunday and is forecast to be swept east by a cold front that will descend from the north and away from Tampa Bay.

It has a 30 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical system in the next 48 hours.

Potential tropical system forecast to steer clear of Tampa Bay 10/26/17 [Last modified: Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:12am]
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