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Rip current warnings for all Tampa Bay area beaches

All Tampa Bay beaches and shorelines are under a high surf advisory through Tuesday evening as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee sputtered over the southeastern United States.

The advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday for much of Florida's west coast, including Tampa Bay, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters warned of the possibility of dangerous rip currents and large waves up to six feet in the region.

What was once Tropical Storm Lee merged with a frontal system, creating a prolonged period of strong and gusty south to southwest winds in the Tampa Bay area, according to the NWS.

Monday and Tuesday were expected to be breezy, with winds in the 15-to 25-mile per hour range, according to Bay News 9 Meteorologist, Juli Marquez. Higher gusts are possible.

Tuesday will see the week's best chance of rain at 70 percent, she said. Wednesday's rain chance is slightly lower at 60 percent. The region will return to normal by Thursday, with about a 40 percent chance of rain.

Highs are forecast to be in the upper 80s and lower 90s, she said.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Hurricane Katia was expected to follow a path that kept it away from Florida before making a turn for open ocean, according to Bay News 9.

Forecasters warned that Florida's east coast could see stronger rip currents and higher surf beginning Monday.

Rip current warnings for all Tampa Bay area beaches 09/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2011 1:10pm]
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