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Wind, rain could bring coastal flooding

The clear, sunny weather we've been enjoying this week will take an abrupt and nasty turn Wednesday as a band of thunderstorms and high winds moves across the state.

A large and complex low pressure system has been developing off Texas and will move across the gulf, bringing a cold front behind it, meteorologists said. The band should move across Florida and the bay area sometime this evening.

The system should stall in south and central Florida overnight and into Thursday morning, raising the possibility of dangerous conditions along the coast.

"It'll be windy and will possibly cause coastal flooding because the tides have been running 1 to 3 feet above normal," said National Weather Service forecaster Tom Dougherty.

Meteorologists also predict a slight possibility of tornadoes, wind damage and even hail in the Tampa Bay area. But the biggest threat is flooding.

After the peak of the storm passes Thursday, temperatures will drop about 5 to 10 degrees over the weekend — slightly warmer than predictions earlier this week. That's because the stall will mean high chances of rain will likely continue through Saturday.

Saturday will be the coolest day of the week in the Tampa Bay area, with highs in the mid-60s and lows in the 50s, according to Bay News 9. But by Sunday, temperatures will warm up again to the low 70s.

Wind, rain could bring coastal flooding 12/01/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 8:56pm]
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