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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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As forecasters watch an area of low pressure in the northern Gulf, gusty storms are blowing through the Tampa Bay region this afternoon.

For the time being, the system is producing a southwest wind, sending moisture across the state today and Friday, said Leigh Spann, a News Channel 8 meteorologist.

Most of the storm activity should push into the Orlando area and Florida's east coast later today.

The low pressure system – remnants of Hurricane Isaac – is given a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone before the weekend. However, it did not show much development since Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

However, even if it does not intensify, computer models show it will drift southwest, then get picked up and carried across the state by a cold front, Spann said.

"At least the moisture with it or whatever it becomes begins to push east toward Florida on Sunday, and that's why our rain chances go up," Spann said.

The so-called "spawn of Isaac," as meteorologist are calling it, had some mid-level circulation associated with the hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Because it hasn't strengthened much, plans to fly an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance plane into the area may be canceled.

The system would be named Nadine if it develops into a tropical cyclone.

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