Weather News: Tropical Storm Sandy should pose little threat to Florida

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Tropical Storm Sandy (credit: National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Sandy (credit: National Hurricane Center)

 

Florida News: Tropical Storm Sandy may cause windy weather in Tampa Bay

Another unwanted visitor is making her way along the eastern seaboard. Yesterday afternoon, a tropical depression in the southern Caribbean Sea had strengthened into a tropical storm. As of 11pm last night, Tropical Storm Sandy’s center was 1,000 miles south of Tampa Bay.

As the week moves along, Sandy will likely track north-northeast, staying east of Florida. The system, however, will likely gain strength and intensify into a hurricane by mid-week.

Tampa Bay weather outlook

Sandy appears to pose little threat to the Florida Peninsula this time, but the system is expected to bring gusty winds to Tampa Bay when it collides with a high pressure area east and north of the region. There will also be a good chance there will be isolated showers over the coming week.

Tropical Storm Tony

Tropical Depression Nineteen started churning around in the Atlantic yesterday as well. Meteorologists expect this depression to intensify and strengthen into Tropical Storm Tony this afternoon. Models show this system being more well-behaved than Sandy, staying out at sea.

2012 Atlantic storm season

Sandy is the 18th named storm of the Atlantic season, making Tony the 19th if it develops from a depression. Only two hurricanes have made landfall this year; Ernesto and Isaac. Both hurricanes were destructive Category 1 storms with Isaac claiming seven lives. One system this year did reach Category 3 status but it stayed out to sea.

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