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  1. Hurricane

Tropical system developing in the western Atlantic

Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect the system to develop into a depression by mid-week.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service estimate that the system has a 50-percent chance of developing into a tropical or sub-tropical depression during the next 48 hours. [National Weather Service]
Forecasters with the National Weather Service estimate that the system has a 50-percent chance of developing into a tropical or sub-tropical depression during the next 48 hours. [National Weather Service]

While the cold weather might have the Tampa Bay area feeling more like winter, activity in the tropics is serving as a reminder that it’s still indeed hurricane season. A Monday morning alert issued by the National Hurricane Center shows that an area of low pressure is ripe for further development.

The system located 350 miles northeast of the Lesser Antilles has a 50-percent chance of developing into a tropical or sub-tropical depression in the next 48 hours. Meteorologists expect the storm to move northwest before merging with a frontal system around mid-week. The remnants of the system are then expected to move north into the Atlantic. Further development is not expected.

The disturbance is not expected to threaten land.

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NEED TO KNOW: Click here to find your evacuation zone and shelter

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