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Tampa area's inland counties have better chance of storms today


Published:   |   Updated: August 1, 2013 at 07:01 AM

It's become routine for Tampa Bay area residents: sizzling afternoons giving away to booming late-day thunderstorms.

The only difference in the forecast is where the storms are expected will form, News Channel meteorologist Leigh Spann said.

The region's typical summer pattern finds the strongest storms forming where the east and west coast sea breeze collide over the state. Earlier in the week, those storms set up closer to the Gulf, but today's forecast calls for the breezes to meet east of Interstate 75, Spann said.

That means inland counties have a 40 percent chance of rain, but there is still a 30 percent chance west of I-75.

Expect highs to crack 90 degrees, with lows in the high 70s or low 80s.

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