Though it wasn't expected to happen, a tropical storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday morning. Experts are now projecting it will take a path across Florida, and head into the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast.
Tropical Storm Emily was located Monday 45 miles west-southwest of Tampa, Florida, and 50 miles west-northwest of Sarasota, FL, moving east at 8 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. It is packing maximum winds of 45 mph.
Emily will make landfall on the west-central Florida coast on Monday, forecasters said, and is expected to change little in strength until landfall.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the west coast of Florida from the Anclote River south to Bonita Beach, 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.
An isolated waterspout or two is also possible within the warned area.
Forecasters expect the storm to turn northeast later Monday or Tuesday and increase in forward speed. It will then make its way across the Florida peninsula and reach the Atlantic Ocean.
Forecasters said the storm will weaken to a depression over land, but will become a tropical storm again in the Atlantic.
The storm's expected path in the Atlantic takes it roughly parallel to the coast as it moves to the northeast.
The only landfalling storm so far this season, Tropical Storm Cindy, made landfall near Lake Charles, LA, on June 22. It spawned tornadoes throughout the South, including an EF-2 in Birmingham, AL.
The storm claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy vacationing in Fort Morgan, AL.