Tornado Watch for Tampa Bay Area


Tampa Bay residents, brace yourselves—severe weather is on the horizon. As of May 14th, a tornado watch has been issued for parts of the Tampa Bay area, signaling a “slight” risk of severe weather. With damaging winds, hail, and the potential for isolated tornadoes looming, it’s crucial to stay informed and prepared.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the Tampa Bay area under a level two out of five risk for severe weather, with Citrus and Hernando counties currently under a tornado watch until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Even our southern counties aren’t exempt, facing a level one “marginal” risk.

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The National Weather Service warns of thunderstorms coupled with hot and humid conditions. A line of storms is expected to sweep across north Florida and northeastern Gulf waters, impacting the Nature Coast and parts of the Tampa Bay area, primarily north of Interstate 4.

This pattern of rain and storms serves as a precursor to Florida’s official rainy season, starting May 15th, and the imminent arrival of hurricane season. Given these circumstances, it’s imperative to stay informed, prepared, and connected during severe weather events.

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