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Morning Watch: New streetcar routes in Tampa, a new storm in the Caribbean and bay area friends and family remember Jose Fernandez

Forecasters are monitoring a large area of low pressure that has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within the next five days. Early Monday morning, Invest 97L was located 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and is becoming better organized, forecasters said. [Weather Underground]
Forecasters are monitoring a large area of low pressure that has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within the next five days. Early Monday morning, Invest 97L was located 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and is becoming better organized, forecasters said. [Weather Underground]
Published Sep. 26, 2016

Didn't you love that hot, muggy weather this morning? Good news! Expect it to continue all week — but there could be relief on the way. A slight cold front could bring some drier air, lower rain chances and overnight lows in the 70s this weekend.

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Meanwhile, forecasters are monitoring a large area of low pressure that had a 90 percent chance of developing into a named as it approaches the Caribbean within five days. Don't board up your windows yet, of course, but keep an ear out for more about what's currently called Invest 97L.

Major League Baseball and its fans are still coming to terms this morning with Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez's death Sunday in a boating accident. But that pain was especially piercing in Tampa, where Fernandez attended Alonso High and starred on state championship baseball teams. Friends, family and former teammates gathered Sunday at the Egypt Lake home where he lived to comfort each other and share memories.

[CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]

Darrell Duckett moved into his new home in Clearwater last week. He bought a water-damaged mobile home for $1,000 but says it's better than his former quarters at the Mosley Motel.

Low-income Mosley Motel residents had vacated 50 of the motel's 110 rooms by Friday. Evidence of departing residents — recently said to number about 400 — could be seen in the boarded up windows and doors of empty rooms. Social services agencies from across Pinellas County have rallied to help the poor families with young children, singles and couples, elderly and disabled find new homes and pay the initial costs. But with affordable housing scarce, some are simply moving to nearby motels.

[JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

A TECO streetcar rolls down the streets of downtown Tampa early Monday morning.

Tampa's TECO streetcar began 7 a.m. weekday service today. Ridership looked a little light this morning — at least, it does in the photo above — but the change is designed to grab more commuter customers among the growing number of Channel District and other downtown high-rise dwellers.

The first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will be televised at 9 tonight on most major TV networks. PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the 90-minute debate, so keep PolitiFact.com open for your second-screen enjoyment. And if you want us to fact-check something, Tweet @PolitiFact and use the hashtag #PolitiFactThis.

Hillary Clinton's running mate Sen. Tim Kaine visits Lakeland at 12:30 p.m. today at the Lake Hollingsworth Ballroom of the Lakeland Center. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made through willhillarywin.com. The Times' Christopher O'Donnell (@codonnell_Times on Twitter) will be there. Kaine plans to stay in Florida tonight, meanwhile, to watch the first presidential debate.

Our film critic Steve Persall got an advance look at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton's latest film to embrace strangeness. Some of it was filmed in the Tampa Bay area. Read the review, in which Persall kept a sharp eye out for local landmarks like Gandy Bridge.

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