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Tropics busy, but pose little threat to Florida

TAMPA — As Hurricane Igor strengthens and forecasters monitor two other weather systems brewing in the tropics, the threat to Florida remains low.

Igor strengthened quickly to a Category 4 storm Sunday afternoon and was about 1,005 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm could become a Category 5 today. Igor was moving west at 13 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

It is expected to head northwest by Friday, into the Atlantic Ocean.

"It is not a threat to Florida and it may not be a threat to anyone," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

Even less of a threat is a tropical depression that formed Sunday off the east coast of Africa, Linker said. Late Sunday, it became Tropical Storm Julia in the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, but it was expected to head north in the Atlantic quickly.

In the Caribbean, disorganized showers and thunderstorms in association with a broad area of low pressure could become a tropical depression in the next couple of days, the center said. That weather system could affect the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Cuba with possible flash floods and mud slides as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph, the center said.

The system is not expected to have any effect on Florida, but it could reach Central America or Mexico, Linker said.

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