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Storm line kicks up crop of twisters

Numerous tornadoes and waterspouts were reported Tuesday as severe weather moved through the Tampa Bay area for a second consecutive day, bringing heavy rains and scattered flooding.

No injuries or severe damage was reported.

Most of the tornadoes were reported in Pinellas and Manatee counties, where at least six tornadoes touched down briefly, said Dan Nurkala, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

"We had tornado reports from all over the place," Nurkala said.

More severe weather is possible again today, with up to 30 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers expected in most of the Tampa Bay area. Temperatures should rise into the low 90s.

"Just summertime thunderstorms, nothing special," Nurkala said.

In addition to tornadoes, several waterspouts were reported off Pinellas and Manatee beaches, but no damage occurred, Nurkala said.

In Pinellas, the first reported tornado occurred about 7:20 p.m. at 3900 Coquina Key Drive, damaging trees and blowing off shingles, the weather service said.

Minutes later, tornadoes were reported along north 14th Street in St. Petersburg and near the Florida Suncoast Dome. In both cases, the tornadoes touched down briefly, the weather service said.

"We saw the clouds coming in and the sky turned black. Then we saw a white wispy cloud funneling down," said Jon Pratt, who saw a cloud about 7 p.m. from his job at Albert Whitted Water Reclamation Facility near downtown.

It threatened, but never touched down, he said.

Another funnel cloud was reported about 7:30 p.m. near 22nd Street and 54th Avenue S in St. Petersburg, but it too never touched down.

Street flooding was reported in several areas.