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Thunderstorms moving north through Caribbean likely to bring more rain to Tampa Bay

A mass of thunderstorms in the western Caribbean is moving northwest and is likely to dump heavy rain on Florida over the next several days.

In the Tampa Bay area, rain chances are 40 percent today; 60 percent on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 50 percent Sunday, according to Bay News 9.

The National Hurricane Center said the system had a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next two days. Some models suggest it could strengthen as it reaches the Bay of Campeche and the western Gulf of Mexico, where conditions favor development.

The rain will continue to make June a soggy month for the Tampa Bay area. Rainfall at Tampa International Airport this month is already 7.89 inches — more than double the normal month to date rainfall of 3.44 inches. Rainfall so far this year is 16.72 inches, above the normal year to date rainfall of 15.64 inches.

Meanwhile, the low-pressure system north of Bermuda was upgraded to Tropical Storm Chris on Tuesday. It was moving away from land and into cooler waters that are less favorable for development. It poses no threat to the United States, forecasters said.

Chris follows named storms Beryl and Alberto. This is the earliest that three named storms have formed since 1887. In 1887, the third named storm formed on June 12.

Thunderstorms moving north through Caribbean likely to bring more rain to Tampa Bay 06/19/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:30pm]
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