Friday, October 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Forecast: Tornado watch expanded to all counties in Tampa Bay

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.

Comments
Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the U.S.

Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the U.S.

WASHINGTON — Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said. The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer than normal winter for the northern and western three-q...
Updated: 3 hours ago
After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

APALACHICOLA — T.J. Ward’s phone rang. Service had improved in the days since Hurricane Michael. "Get another scrub brush and a squeegee,"he told his sister. "The littlest one you can find." The Ward family’s 13 Mile Seafood Marke...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Record-setting hot streak continues across Tampa Bay, but not for long

Record-setting hot streak continues across Tampa Bay, but not for long

Friday will be another record-breaking day for Tampa Bay.
Updated: 11 hours ago
Mexico Beach was gone. But we found a way to get there.

Mexico Beach was gone. But we found a way to get there.

Reporting in a hurricane is dangerous, complicated and important. When it came to Hurricane Michael, we had to find a way to tell the stories.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hurricane Michael: What if it had hit Tampa Bay?

Hurricane Michael: What if it had hit Tampa Bay?

Hurricane Michael barely grazed the edge of the Tampa Bay area on its way to flattening the small towns of the Florida Panhandle.But what if Tampa Bay had been its target? What if the strong Category 4 storm had slammed into Belleair Shore instead of...
Updated: 9 hours ago
More record heat for Tampa Bay to close out week, ahead of a slightly cooler Sunday

More record heat for Tampa Bay to close out week, ahead of a slightly cooler Sunday

It'll be another searing day in Tampa Bay as temperatures rise to 92 by the afternoon. With scarce cloud cover and little chance of rain, there's little chance of a cool down until Sunday.
Published: 10/18/18
Baby born after Hurricane Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

Baby born after Hurricane Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

Wilmer Capps, wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest of nights in the best spot they could find: The parking lot of a Walmart store shut down by the storm.
Published: 10/18/18
Hurricane Michael: How we prepared to cover the aftermath

Hurricane Michael: How we prepared to cover the aftermath

What is the storm category rating? Concrete block with steel-rebar-reinforced columns is acceptable. Stay away from brick-, wood- or metal-framed structures. They could collapse or be compromised by wind and water.
Published: 10/18/18
Searing heat continues to remain intact across Tampa Bay

Searing heat continues to remain intact across Tampa Bay

Another October day, another potential record-high temperature in Tampa Bay.
Published: 10/17/18
Michael’s most vulnerable evacuees make Pasco shelter their new home

Michael’s most vulnerable evacuees make Pasco shelter their new home

HUDSON — Linda Wood lay on a metal cot, closed her eyes and tried to get some sleep Monday night. Pictures of her Panama City apartment some 300 miles away kept flashing through her mind. The nearly blind 71-year-old envisioned her chocolate-c...
Published: 10/17/18