RUSKIN - THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
IN FLORIDA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES
IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
DESOTO HARDEE HIGHLANDS
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ARCADIA...AVON PARK...BRADENTON...
CAPE CORAL...FORT MYERS...NORTH PORT...PORT CHARLOTTE...
PUNTA GORDA...SARASOTA...SEBRING...VENICE AND WAUCHULA.
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