Tampa Bay Area Tornado Watch Extended
Heavy storms are expected to last throughout the evening.
It’s going to be a long, stormy night in the Tampa Bay area.
Courtesy of Tropical Storm Debby’s continuing impact on the area, the National Weather Service has extended its tornado watch for the entire region until 5 a.m. tomorrow. The watch includes such counties as Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota.
A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado development.
Tornados have been reported throughout the region all day. Inasmuch, the National Weather Service has also been issuing tornado warnings for multiple counties in the Tampa Bay area. A warning “is issued when a tornado is indicated by the WSR-88D radar or sighted by spotters; therefore, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately,” according to the weather service’s website.
To find out if your community is under a tornado warning, visit the National Weather Service's Severe Weather Summary page on its website.
Flood advisories also remain in effect for the Tampa Bay region. Severe street flooding has been reported in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, among other areas.
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Stay with Patch for updates about the storm as they become available.