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More thunderstorms expected even as cleanup continues across the bay area

More thunderstorms were expected to hit Tampa Bay once again Tuesday after a round of heavy rain and gusty winds Monday night caused minor damage and flooding in parts of the region.

In Clearwater, an awning from a house near S Evergreen Avenue and Belleair Road collapsed and a carport in the same neighborhood was damaged as winds as strong as 50 mph swept through the area, National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Fleming said.

In Tampa, an overhead sign on the Davis Islands bridge was knocked down, restricting access to one lane and snarling traffic Tuesday morning as workers repaired the damage. Some power lines and transformers also sustained damage, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

There were no reports of tornadoes. In Pasco, Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens was on the brink of minor flooding Tuesday morning.

More storms were expected to roll into the region Tuesday with Citrus and Hernando counties expected to see the heaviest rains, which could reach up to two inches, Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said.

A 70 percent chance of rain was forecast Tuesday morning with strong winds and hail possible, according to the weather service.

More thunderstorms expected even as cleanup continues across the bay area 08/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:46pm]
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