Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Heavy storms produce funnel cloud over Pinellas

ST. PETERSBURG — A funnel cloud formed over Pinellas County on Monday night as strong storms marched through the area.

Emergency officials reported scattered damage, but nothing serious. No injuries were reported.

A tornado warning was issued for eastern Pinellas County at 8:22 p.m. It expired about 20 minutes later.

A waterspout formed just before sunset, and Bay News 9 reported that it very briefly came ashore in the area of Weedon Island.

National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Rude said his office also received a report of a tornado touching down briefly about 8:40 p.m. near the Duke Energy power plant at Weedon Island.

Pinellas emergency dispatchers said residents on 87th Avenue N reported tree limbs down and a lanai torn up by the storm at about 8:35 p.m.

Duke Energy reported more than 200 Pinellas County residents were without power about 10 p.m.

Expect the possibility of similar weather today. Bay News 9 forecasters said there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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