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Tampa Bay area misses worst of severe weather

The Tampa Bay area missed the brunt of the severe weather that rolled through the area Thursday, though there were reports of some wind damage in Pasco County.

There were confirmed sightings of tornadoes in Polk and Citrus counties, but weather officials said there were no tornado touchdowns in the immediate Tampa Bay area.

The wet weather is expected to continue today with an 80 percent chance of showers, according to the National Weather Service.

"Another round of nasty weather could come in the morning," said Brian McClure, meteorologist at Bay News 9.

That could include thunderstorms during the morning rush hour, McClure said.

On Thursday, southwestern Pasco County seemed to be the hardest hit by the storms, said Jim Martin, director of the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management. The communities of Betmar Acres and Shady Rest Mobile Home Park suffered damage from straight-line winds, with at least one tree toppled on a house and a roof blown off another, Martin said.

Pockets of flooding occurred throughout the county, but it was most severe in southern Pasco, he said. As of 5 p.m., there had been no reports of injuries or any homes with interior flooding.

Heavy rain also was reported in other counties.

Areas along the Hillsborough-Pasco county line got 4 to 5 inches of rain, said Todd Barron, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

After a wet Friday, the rain should end tonight as a cold front moves in, Barron said.

"After (Friday) we should really see some better weather," he said.

The weekend will be dry, less humid and cooler, Bay News 9 Juli Marquez said Thursday.

Temperatures should reach into the 70s Saturday and the upper 60s Sunday. The next chance of rain is Wednesday.

Times staff writer Katie Sanders contributed to this report.

Heavy wind whipping through the Intracoastal Waterway off Dunedin Thursday rocks a sailboat as the beginning of a cold front makes its way into the state.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Heavy wind whipping through the Intracoastal Waterway off Dunedin Thursday rocks a sailboat as the beginning of a cold front makes its way into the state.

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Tampa Bay area misses worst of severe weather 03/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 12:05am]
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