Tornado watch issued for parts of the Tampa Bay area expires

Posted at 5:40 AM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-21 10:04:18-05

A Tornado Watch that was in place Tuesday morning for parts of the Tampa Bay area has expired, and no other weather-related watches or warnings are in effect.

The watch included Sarasota, DeSoto and Highlands counties. It was extended just before 8 a.m. to also include Hardee and Manatee counties.
Meteorologist Shay Ryan says the strongest storms are moving inland in those areas.

Widespread rain is also impacting the rest of the Tampa Bay area and will last throughout the day with a risk of severe storms.

The biggest risk is for damaging winds, however, waterspouts/tornadoes are possible along with minor coastal flooding.