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Storm in Caribbean could affect Tampa Bay weather

Forecasters are monitoring a mass of storms in the Caribbean that could affect the weather in Florida.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system, located southwest of Jamaica on Monday night, has a 30 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone over the next five days.

Forecasters said upper-level winds will make the system marginally conducive to strengthening when it moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico this week.

Most models have the system staying far west of Tampa Bay, though some predict it will curl east into the Panhandle.

The storms could mean higher rain chances later this week. Bay News 9 was predicting that rain chances would reach 50 percent on Thursday and remain that high through the weekend.

The hurricane center also said Monday that Tropical Storm Jerry is moving over the Atlantic Ocean about 1,300 miles east of Bermuda and poses no immediate threat to land.

The center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Jerry is the 10th tropical storm of the Atlantic season.

Storm in Caribbean could affect Tampa Bay weather 09/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:17pm]
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