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Third tropical storm of season forms in eastern Atlantic

The third tropical storm of the 2010 hurricane season has formed in the south-central Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Colin has sustained winds of 40 mph. It is moving west-northwest at 23 mph.

The system is not currently threatening any land.

Colin is expected to continue on a west-northwest path for the next day or two, strengthening over the next day and a half, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Forecasters project the center of Colin to pass northeast and north of the Leeward islands late Wednesday and early Thursday.

At some point later in the week, Colin is expected to turn north and parallel the east coast, Marquez said.

"The question is going to be, how strong will it be at that point?" she said.

Colin is expected to stay at tropical storm strength for the next five days, she said.

Meanwhile, in the Tampa Bay area, we can expect a whole lot of the same: High heat and humidity.

Forecasters put the high temperature today in Tampa at 94, one degree short of the record high set in 1970. St. Petersburg's high is expected to be 93 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 2000.

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Third tropical storm of season forms in eastern Atlantic 08/03/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 6:19am]
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