TAMPA, Fla. — The National Weather Service said a confirmed tornado was reported on radar around five miles north of Myakka City just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
The NWS said the tornado was confirmed via a tornado debris signature observed on radar. The storm was part of several that sparked tornado warnings around the Tampa Bay area Thursday afternoon.
The storms started a little after sunrise along the coast and to the north of the area before pushing through the rest of the are through early afternoon.
With the front passing through, a strong northwesterly flow moved into the area on Friday. That will bring showers from the Gulf of Mexico over the area Friday. But, there is a silver lining to the clouds over the next couple of days.
Temperatures and the humidity are both expected to drop after the front passes through. By the time all the trick-or-treaters are out on Saturday or Sunday, temperatures will be in the upper 60s to low 70s in the evening.
A similar pattern should set up early next week with sunny skies, high temperatures in the low 80's and lows in the low 60's.