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NWS confirms tornado hit Madeira Beach during severe weather throughout Tampa Bay area

Lightning strike hits transformer
Posted at 12:51 PM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 09:09:45-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Severe thunderstorm warnings were effect for some counties as severe weather brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Tampa Bay area on Sunday. All warnings expired around 3 p.m.

This video captures lightning striking a transformer in the Baycrest Subdivision of Tampa around 1 p.m., as the severe weather moved through.

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According to the National Weather Service, a short-lived waterspout that came ashore as a EF0 tornado caused wind damage in Madeira Beach.

The widespread damage included knocked down power lines, structure damage and snapped off trees and branches.

Following the severe storms, trees and power lines were reported down in parts of Clearwater and Pasco County.


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