Tropical Depression 18 forms in Caribbean, expected to bring rain to Tampa Bay area

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Depression 18 has formed in the northwest Caribbean. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the upper Florida Keys and parts of southeast Florida.

The system is expected to bring some rain to the Tampa Bay area.

“In the Tampa Bay area, highest rainfall totals will fall south of Interstate 4 across southern Polk, Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto Counties. This area could see 2 to 3 inches of rain. Totals of .5 to 1.0 inches will be common north of the interstate,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth.

Parts of South Florida could receive up to 4 inches of rain through Sunday morning.

Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft flew into the storm on Saturday morning. If the storm strengthens, it will be given the name Philippe.

As of the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory, TD 18 was located about 170 miles south of Havana, Cuba and had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

Hurricane Season continues through November 30th.



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