And so it starts.
We are exactly one month away from the official start of hurricane season, yet the National Hurricane Center is tracking a system in the Caribbean that has a small chance of development as it makes its way toward Florida.
Not to worry, though. There's no need to stock up on your hurricane kit and replenish your supply of batteries and bottled water, just yet.
The trough of low pressure, situated in the northwestern Bahamas on Wednesday afternoon, is producing "disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity" as it drifts toward southeast Florida, forecasters said.
This movement is expected over the next couple of days and could clip Florida before it eventually turns northeast and into the western Atlantic.
Yet forecasters only give the system a 20 percent chance of further development over the next five days, while producing a chance for possibly strong storms to the south and inland.
Locally? The system will have minimal impact on Tampa Bay. Rain chances will increase to 30 percent on Thursday and 20 percent on Friday, though portions of eastern Hillsborough County and other inland areas could see the chance of storms jump to as high as 60 percent.
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