Forecast: Tornado watch expanded to all counties in Tampa Bay

Wind and thunderstorms threaten Tampa Bay on Sunday. Parts of Hernando County and areas north are affected by a tornado watch until 6 p.m. [Courtesy National Weather Service]
Wind and thunderstorms threaten Tampa Bay on Sunday. Parts of Hernando County and areas north are affected by a tornado watch until 6 p.m. [Courtesy National Weather Service]
Published April 15 2018
Updated April 15 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — A tornado watch is in effect in every county surrounding Tampa Bay, and the region can expect thunderstorms and strong winds Sunday, which could make water activities dangerous.

With a high of 83 degrees, the morning should be cloudy and windy across the region. Thunderstorms are expected to roll in by early afternoon.

The tornado watch, originally just for areas in Hernando County and further north, has been expanded to include parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties. The watch is in effect until 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a lake wind advisory, in effect until 8 p.m. Winds from 20 to 25 mph will cause rough chop on lakes, and small boats may capsize. There is also a high risk of a rip current along beaches through Tuesday afternoon. Officials recommend swimming near a lifeguard. Swimmers caught in a rip current should call for help and swim parallel to the shore until they are out of the current.

Clearwater’s Sugar Sand Festival will be closed Sunday due to the weather.

Contact Langston Taylor at 727-893-8659 or [email protected] Follow @langstonitaylor.

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