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Across Tampa Bay, expect plenty of rain Saturday afternoon

A low-pressure system is brining moisture from the tropics to Florida.
The National Weather Service says there is an 80% chance of rain across the Tampa Bay region Saturday.
The National Weather Service says there is an 80% chance of rain across the Tampa Bay region Saturday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Sep. 10|Updated Sep. 10

TAMPA — If you have outdoor plans this afternoon, you might want to bring an umbrella.

A slow-moving line of showers, located about 50 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico just before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, is expected to bring a lot of moisture to the Tampa Bay region by early afternoon.

The chance of rain is listed at 80% and it could be heavy at times, according to the National Weather Service.

Related: Hurricane Earl expected to lose steam this weekend in Atlantic

The rain is driven by an upper-level low-pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico that is spinning a plum of moisture from the tropics to the South and bringing it northward to Florida this afternoon.

The rainfall should clear by around the evening dinner hour, said Stephen Shiveley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

The system is expected to push further north today, which will bring a more typical weather pattern of sea breeze-induced thunderstorms to the region on Sunday.

The weekend forecast prompted Pasco County government to open two sandbag stations to help residents protect their property from potential flooding.

The self-serve sandbag stations are at the public works barn at 30908 Warder Road in San Antonio and at the Magnolia Valley Golf Course, 7223 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey. Residents should bring their own shovels.

Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologists said high temperatures throughout the weekend will be in the high 80s. They list rain chances at 60% on Sunday and Monday and 70% on Tuesday.

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