Tropical Storm Emily quickly forms off Florida
TAMPA, FL - Tropical Storm Emily quickly formed Monday morning just west of Tampa Bay. The National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for a portion of the west-central Florida coast.
The center of "Emily" will track over the Tampa Bay area Monday. The primary threat with the storm is expected to be heavy rain across the Florida peninsula during the next day or two. Rain totals are expected to be between three and six inches, with locally higher amounts possible in some locations.
Wind will not be a major threat with this storm. As of 8 a.m. Monday, the highest sustained winds are estimated to be around 45 mph. The strongest winds are expected in thunderstorms. An isolated waterspout is also possible in the coastal waters within the tropical storm warning area.
Over the next few days, the official forecast tracks the storm into the Atlantic. It is not expected to significantly strengthen and should not threaten the east coast of the United States.