Saturday, November 25, 2017
News Roundup

Tampa Bay area hit with wind, rain but avoids tornadoes

RECOMMENDED READING


The threat of tornadoes and heavy thunderstorms with hail swept through the Tampa Bay area Sunday afternoon through evening, forcing residents indoors to wait out a potential worst-case scenario.

Strong winds and heavy rains caused some minor damage, but as of mid-evening no tornadoes touched down, and the region was spared the type of devastation the weather system brought to other parts of the Southeast on Saturday and Sunday.

"As far as Tampa Bay, it could have been worse," Kate Wentzel, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist, said Sunday evening.

Today, conditions will remain windy and rainy in the morning, forecasters said.

The front will drop the high today into the upper 60s to low 70s, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey said, adding that "this isn't going to be a big arctic blast where we drop into the 30s or 40s."

The Sunshine Skyway bridge, shut down for much of Sunday evening due to winds averaging 43 to 52 mph, was reopened at about 9:15 p.m.

 

RELATED: At least 18 dead as tornadoes slam Southeast.

 

Tornado warnings were in effect at some point Sunday for Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Polk counties.

The strong winds did cause some problems.

Pasco County authorities reported damage to a handful of roofs Sunday evening in Zephyrhills.

Officials received reports of power outages, downed trees and limbs, and minor street flooding in Pasco, and pea-sized hail was reported in the Bushnell area of Sumter County.

Clearwater firefighters battled a 2-acre brush fire behind homes in the Countryside area off Northside Drive. The fire, spread by the powerful gusts of wind and dry grass, charred some fences but damaged no homes.

And Polk County authorities reported that the roofs of two mobile homes in Lakeland were damaged.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Tampa Electric had more than 4,500 customers without power, down from around 6,300 at 8:30 p.m. Duke Energy had nearly 50 outages in Pinellas County at 10 p.m.

Some outdoor Sunday events in the area were called off due to the forecast, including the Clearwater Distance Classic race series and Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest in downtown Tampa.

The storm threat was part of a larger system that pushed through the South on Saturday night and Sunday, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Comments

No. 7 Florida finishes No. 17 Gonzaga in 2OT; No. 1 Duke up next for Gators

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jalen Hudson scored a career-high 35, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 7 Florida downed No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double overtime Friday night at the PK80 Invitational. Senior point guard Chris Chiozza added a career-high 26 poin...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

LAKELAND — The game — and the season — were supposed to be over.Lakeland was set to exact revenge. The Dreadnaughts had the lead and the ball in the final three minutes and were heading for a field goal. Then it happened. The magic continued.Plant’s ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Region football: Venice 48, Tampa Bay Tech 17

VENICE — Tampa Bay Tech not only had to stop a hot receiver in Friday night’s Class 7A region final against Venice, but a hot running back as well. That proved to be too much.Indians receiver Jaivon Heiligh caught 14 passes for 193 yards and three to...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Region football: Armwood 31, Ocala Vanguard 17

SEFFNER — Armwood appeared to be on its way to yet another rout through the first 24 minutes of football Friday night.James Miller delivered a crunching hit on the opening kickoff. The defense looked suffocating, holding Ocala Vanguard to a mere 23 y...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Region football: Immokalee 42, Lakewood 14

IMMOKALEE — The final score wasn’t truly indicative of what transpired on Friday night.Lakewood fell to a dynamic Immokalee squad 42-14 in a tough environment in a Class 5A region final.The Spartans (9-2) forced three turnovers and held Immokalee (12...
Updated: 3 hours ago
State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

CLEARWATER — Stocked with a wealth of Division I-A commits and prepared by a heavy-duty schedule, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna spent three months building for Friday night’s Class 3A state semifinal game.The Lions played at another level against top-s...
Updated: 3 hours ago

State semifinal football: Hialeah Champagnat Catholic 38, Cambridge Christian 0

TAMPA — Hialeah Champagnat Catholic was well on its way to a third unanswered touchdown, but the Lions just couldn’t stop blocking their own path. In one second-quarter drive during Friday’s 2A state semifinal against Cambridge Christian, Champagnat ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

WASHINGTON — You don’t often sense frustration in captain Steven Stamkos’ voice, at least not this season. With the Lightning off to its best start in franchise history, there haven’t been many reasons to chide. Every criticism seems nitpicky. But af...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

The Bucs face the defending NFC champion in its new home Sunday in Atlanta.Here’s the Times’ Bucs coverage team’s predictions for Tampa Bay’s 1 p.m. game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:MATTY ICE-FOLLIESRick Stroud, @NFLStroud: T...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

PITTSBURGH — Miami spent the better part of 13 months cultivating the nation’s longest winning streak behind a series of comebacks that returned the swagger to "The U" in all of its "Turnover Chain" glory. Sluggish through the first half against Pitt...
Updated: 5 hours ago