Check the Tampa radar and the tropical updates below for current progress of this storm.
Update: 10:48 pm
Earlier today the storm looked like it was going to grow to hurricane strength. The winds picked up from 45 MPH to 70 MPH. Fortunately the winds have stayed at 70 MPH but even so, Hurricane warnings have been issued for the Florida gulf coast at approximately 22,000 people have been ordered or suggested to evalcuated. According to The Weatehr Channel and CNN reports, the only mandatory evalcuations were the very low lying areas on the coast.
The link below is for the MSNBC report on the storm.
The eye of the storm is expected to come ashore at around 7 am Tuesday and will likely remain disorganized.