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Sunday's hailstorms, heavy rain yield to Memorial Day heat

A day after strong thunderstorms pelted the Tampa Bay region with hail and heavy rain, things should be less severe, but hot, for Memorial Day.

Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with about a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures are expected to stretch into the mid 90s.

Sunday evening a strong storm system moved through the bay area, dropping rain, lightning and hail capable of damaging car roofs, denting grill hoods at backyard barbecues and disrupting other Memorial Day weekend outings.

A coastal sea breeze and cooler air in the atmosphere caused the hail and stormy, windy weather, according to Bay News 9.

Boaters were plucked by rescue workers from the choppy waters of Tampa Bay and people in Pasco and Hernando counties took to Twitter to post images of their biggest hail stones. And for about 90 minutes Sunday, music revelers at the Sunset Music Festival in the north parking lots outside Raymond James Stadium got pelted, mainly by rain.

Dripping concertgoers took shelter wherever they could. Some headed inside the tall concourses off Raymond James' north side while others sought refuge in a parking deck. Authorities encouraged others to seek the relative safety of their cars.

Eventually, the storm passed. And the bands struck up anew.

Among boaters helped off the water, Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a family stuck in a kayak about a half-mile south of Picnic Island about 6:45 p.m. The family of three, including a child, was brought to shore safely.

Sunday's hailstorms, heavy rain yield to Memorial Day heat 05/25/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2014 8:25am]
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