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Forecasters: Tropical wave will miss Tampa

— The 2014 hurricane season could soon get busier.

A tropical wave more than 2,000 miles east of us has a 70 percent chance of forming into a tropical depression or a tropical storm in the next 48 hours, said Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The tropical wave is 1,450 miles east of the Windward Islands, which are southeast of Puerto Rico. It is heading west-northwest at 15 mph, Wynn said. If the system turns into a tropical storm, it will be named Bertha.

In the next 48 to 72 hours, it will swing from west-northwest to northwest, Wynn said.

The tropical wave isn’t expected to affect the Tampa area, even if it increases to a depression or storm. None of the models shows it entering the Gulf of Mexico, Wynn said.

“As far as us in western Florida, there’s a very slim chance of it impacting us at all,” Wynn said.

So far, the hurricane season has been uneventful, but it’s early.

“It doesn’t mean it will continue like that,” Wynn said. “The peak of the season is Sept. 16.”

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