Tornado Watches, Warnings in effect across Tampa Bay Area

Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-15 16:07:56-04

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all of the Tampa Bay Area.

FORECAST: Strong storms possible this afternoon & evening

The Watch goes until 6 p.m. Sunday.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Hillsborough, Polk and SE Pasco Counties until 4:15pm.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee counties, but expired at 3:30 p.m. A water spout was reportedly spotted near Anna Maria Island heading northeast. 



Storms will begin affecting the Nature Coast and shift eastward, impacting the Tampa - St. Pete region through the mid to late afternoon, and eventually into south Florida this evening.

The National Weather Service says the main threat remains damaging winds, but a tornado threat will also exist, especially near the coast.

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