Tropical Depression Six forms off of Florida's Gulf Coast

Posted at 6:12 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 04:01:14-04

(RNN) - While you were sleeping, a tropical depression formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Depression Six is located 65 miles west-southwest of Tampa, FL, and 65 miles west-northwest of Sarasota, FL, moving east at 8 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. It is packing winds of 35 mph.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the west coast of Florida from the Anclote River south to Englewood, FL.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in this area, including rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches between the Tampa Bay area and Naples, with isolated amounts of up to 8 inches possible, as well as strong winds.

Forecasters expect the storm to turn northeast and increase in forward speed, making landfall on the coast Monday. It will then make its way across the Florida peninsula and reach the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm's expected path in the Atlantic takes it roughly parallel to the coast as it moves to the northeast.

Forecasters said because the depression is experiencing wind shear, it is not expected to reach tropical storm strength.

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