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Rip current risks along Tampa Bay area coastline

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: October 4, 2013 at 03:32 PM

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There is a rip current risk on Florida’s west coast, a product of Tropical Storm Karen, which is on a forecast track to make landfall along the north Gulf Coast this weekend.

There is a high risk for rip currents, which can pull even strong swimmers out to deeper water, the National Weather Service says.

Otherwise, the effects from Karen are expected to be minimal until Sunday.

A layer of thin clouds - blown east from Karen - will cover the Tampa area most of Friday, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann says.

However, the weather service puts local rain chances at about 20 percent through Saturday.

Locally, winds should remain calm through Saturday, with highs near 90 and lows in the mid-70s.

Rain chances Sunday increase to about 40 percent, with scattered thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon, as Karen is predicted to move more to the northeast after making landfall.

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