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Tropical Depression in the Gulf of Mexico is now Tropical Storm Emily

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.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration forecasters said the Atlantic Ocean's 2017 hurricane season will likely be above normal, with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major storms.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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