Update, June 24 2:08 p.m.: As strong storms continue to move through our area, the National Weather Service has 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.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the entire Tampa Bay area, including Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties until 8 p.m. today.
A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado development. While no tornadoes have been sighted in the Bay area as of yet, heavy rains and some strong wind gusts have been reported.
Today’s rainy weather is largely blamed on Tropical Storm Debby. The storm is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and is projected to make landfall later this week. While Debby isn’t projected to strike Florida, showers and strong storms are anticipated in the Tampa area at least until mid-week.
In addition to the tornado watch, flood advisories remain in effect for most of the Bay area, as well.
For more information about the weather and a complete seven-day forecast, visit the National Weather Service online.
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