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Tropical Storm Don aims for Texas, won’t affect Tampa weather

Today will be partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms late this morning and afternoon. Chance of rain diminishes tonight and Friday.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Don was over the central Gulf of Mexico but not forecast to become a hurricane during its trek toward southeastern Texas. The storm was expected to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect along the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Don’s maximum sustained winds at 11 p.m. Thursday were near 50 mph, with gradual strengthening forecast during the next 36 hours.

The storm was centered about 370 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

Locally, the storm will have little effect, said News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann. The tropical storm is being steered away from the Tampa Bay area, she said, by an area of high pressure to the north.

“Around high pressure, winds circulate clockwise,” she said. “For us, that means winds from the east that will help draw in some drier air. Those east winds will also keep any storms that form today and (Friday) focused along and west of Interstate 75.

She said the chance of rain in the Tampa area drops to 30 percent Friday.

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