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Tropical system to create rainy start to weekend in Tampa area

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: August 15, 2013 at 06:20 AM

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Tropical moisture will continue to build in the Tampa Bay area, increasing rain chances today and creating the possibility of severe downpours heading into the weekend.

The low-pressure system in the Caribbean is beginning to push north into the Gulf of Mexico, bringing southerly winds and high humidity, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.

Some coastal areas could see a stray shower this morning, with a 50 percent chance of mainly inland afternoon thunderstorms and pockets of heavy rain.

Highs today approach 90, with lows in the mid- to upper-70s.

The area of low pressure has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical system, and will generate storms pushing into the region from the south as it moves into the Gulf on Friday — with an expected westerly track.

Rain chances climb to 60 percent on Friday and remain at 50 percent on Saturday.

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