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More rain likely Monday, through middle of the week

It's looking like a rainy week.

The storms that pummeled the Tampa Bay area Sunday are likely to continue the next couple of days as a low-pressure system off the state's east coast tracks west across Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasts call for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday and up to a 60 percent chance Tuesday, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

As it moves into the gulf, the system will continue to pull moisture across Florida, leaving at least a 50 percent chance of showers through the middle of the week.

The system could develop into a tropical system as it enters the gulf, Marquez said.

The National Hurricane Center said this morning that upper-level winds are favorable for development as it moves into the gulf, although it gave the system only a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next two days.

At any rate, more rain is on the way.

August, typically the rainiest month, already has seen more than 2 inches of rain at Tampa International Airport. Sunday's storm dropped more than 2 inches in Lakeland and Bradenton, Marquez said.

As local forecasters monitor the system moving over Florida, hurricane forecasters are watching a large low-pressure area in the south-central Atlantic that shows signs of developing into a tropical depression.

There is a 70 percent chance the system will develop into a tropical cyclone in the next two days, the hurricane center said.

The system is moving east-northeast at 10 to 15 mph and is expected to enter conditions more conducive for the formation of a tropical depression.

What's left of Tropical Depression Colin is north-northwest of Bermuda, and the system is not expected to regenerate.

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More rain likely Monday, through middle of the week 08/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 11:26am]

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