MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Depression Emily continues weakening as it travels across Central Florida.
At 11 p.m., the center of the system was about 35 miles west of Vero Beach.
Emily’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 30 mph with higher gusts.
The tropical depression is moving toward the east near 9 mph. A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected early Tuesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Emily will move offshore of the east-central Florida coast Tuesday morning and then accelerate northeastward over the western Atlantic through Wednesday.
Some strengthening is possible once Emily moves over the Atlantic Ocean, but it could also become an extratropical low at some point during the next couple of days.
The National Hurricane Center said the ill-defined storm made landfall Monday morning on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of Tampa Bay.
Emily is expected to produce up to 1 to 2 inches of rain across southwest Florida, with isolated storm totals up to 8 inches possible.
State emergency management officials said that the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, which was closed for a few hours because of high winds, had since reopened Monday.
No injuries have been reported along the Gulf Coast, although two fishermen were rescued from Tampa Bay while clinging to a channel marker light after their boat sank.
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