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More flooding possible with storms expected this week

TAMPA — Potential thunderstorms rumbling through the Tampa Bay area this week could yield even more flooding, forecasters say.

Despite a sunny start to the week, rain chances were expected to float between 40 and 60 percent for the days ahead. Storms can be expected beginning later Monday afternoon but are expected to roll off the coast by midnight.

WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Ashley Batey said the bay area could see the worst weather between 4 and 10 p.m. Monday.

Areas that could be most affected, she added, include the Interstate 75 corridor as well as eastern Hillsborough County, Pasco County, northeastern Manatee and Sarasota. Lightning and gusty winds are also to be expected, Batey said.

A band of storms on Sunday brought a number of area rivers to flood stage — including the Alafia and Hillsborough rivers — and closed roads in Hernando County.

And just to add some fun and uncertainty to the outlook, a tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic gained strength Sunday night, according to the National Hurricane Center, and could potentially strengthen into a tropical depression within two days. It formed about 400 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

The center said the disturbance has a 70 percent chance of developing within five days and would be named Danny. Forecasters could not say yet where the system might go.

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