The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado and a waterspout after several warnings swept the Bay Area Thursday morning.
The tornado rolled across eastern Pinellas County near the Courtney Campbell Causeway (see tweet below).
— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) April 7, 2016
Tornado Warnings affected parts of Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough throughout the morning. The NWS said there was likely a tornadic waterspout off Clearwater Beach around 6:30 a.m.
Look closely around the :32 mark! That's a possible waterspout off Clearwater beach during this morning's severe weather. All our updates and info will be right here: http://bit.ly/1UYOiV0
Posted by ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay on Thursday, April 7, 2016
- 19 homes and businesses with minor damage
- 5 more homes and businesses with structural damage
- 1 tree on car
- Garage door damaged
- Car ports torn apart
- 1 damaged billboard
- 2 trampolines thrown, 1 landed on roof
There were downed power lines in multiple locations in the area, and Duke Energy had more than 4,000 customers without power. Services have been restored to some. Check their live outage map.
Now: Metal debris can be seen hanging in trees along Scenic Dr in NPR. No injuries reported pic.twitter.com/EZfnb15g7i
— Corey Dierdorff WFTS (@coreydierdorff) April 7, 2016
See more damage photos in the media player at the top of this page.
We have no reports of injuries or residents that needed to leave their homes.
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