Tropical Depression becomes Tropical Storm Emily in Gulf

Tropical Depression No. 6, which became a factor overnight as Sunday became Monday, is now a bigger factor as it’s Tropical Storm Emily.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for West and Central Florida, from Anclote River to Bonita Beach.

The National Weather Service 8 a.m. advistory puts Emily about 45 miles west northwest of Tampa and 50 miles west northwest of Sarasota. It’s moving east at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It’s expected to pick up movement speed a swing to the northeast Monday night or Tuesday.

As for rainfall, the advisory predicts, “Emily is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches through Monday night along the west coast of Central Florida between the Tampa Bay area and Naples, with isolated amounts up to 8 inches possible. Elsewhere across Central and South Florida, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected with localized amounts of up to 4 inches possible.”

As all eyes are on the Gulf Coast, another disturbance is being monitored in the Atlantic, according to the center. As of early Monday, there’s a 10 percent chance of it forming over the next five days.

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