Tropical Storm Emily formed Monday morning just west of Tampa, and is expected to move inland across the state, the National Hurricane Center said.
Emily’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 45 mph as of 8 a.m. ET. Little change in strength is forecast until landfall occurs later Monday. Tropical-storm force winds extend up to 60 miles from the center of the system.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the west coast of Florida from the Anclote River southward to Bonita Beach.
The storm is centered about 45 miles west-southwest of Tampa and is moving east at 8 mph. It’s expected to bring rain and wind to central and southern Florida.
Emily is forecast to move inland over the west-central Florida peninsula later Monday and across central Florida overnight. It will weaken to a tropical depression as it moves across land.