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A Tropical Storm is Developing Northeast of Jacksonville

Forecast track of the developing tropical system from the National Hurricane Center
Forecast track of the developing tropical system from the National Hurricane Center

A new tropical storm is likely to form over the warm waters of the Atlantic northeast of Jacksonville by Monday morning.  The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories for   PotentialTropical Cyclone  Ten Sunday afternoon, and Tropical Storm Watches were issued for parts of coastal South and North Carolina.  The newly formed cyclone is not a significant threat to the state, but heavy rain, gusty winds and unsettled ocean waters will be affecting much of central and northeast Florida through Tuesday.

Future rain potential with the departing tropical system.
Future rain potential with the departing tropical system.

Flooding is expected along many rivers in west-central Florida over the coming days, and additional heavy rain may also cause urban and street flooding in and around the Tampa, Sarasota and Ft. Myers metro areas.  Three to four inches of rain has already fallen in parts of Lee, Sarasota and Manatee counties since Friday, and another one to three inches is possible through Tuesday.  The rain will become lighter and less widespread by Wednesday as higher pressure replaces the departing tropical storm system.

Coastal affects from the departing tropical system.
Coastal affects from the departing tropical system.

An onshore flow from the northeast will be persistent for a couple of days as the tropical system moves away from Florida. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, with higher gusts close to 40, are expected along the First Coast on Monday. Wave heights of 5 to 7 feet are possible in near-shore waters and there will be an elevated risk of rip currents at all area beaches through Tuesday. Boaters and beach-goers are urged to use extreme caution, and only experienced swimmers are advised to enter the water through midweek.

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