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Tornado warning issued for Hillsborough, as rain continues

There may be brief breaks in the weekend’s rain, but forecasters expect a damp Saturday and Sunday.
 
A man protects himself from Friday's driving rains as he walks into a Publix in St. Petersburg. Forecasters say the rain will stick around through the weekend.
A man protects himself from Friday's driving rains as he walks into a Publix in St. Petersburg. Forecasters say the rain will stick around through the weekend. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published June 6, 2020|Updated June 6, 2020

The chance of rain this weekend in Tampa Bay is near 100 percent Saturday and Sunday, said Eric Oglesby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

On Saturday, a tornado warning is in effect for south/central Hillsborough County until 12:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm initially began near Sun City Center and Wimauma.

He said both days will have widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms. There is a marginal risk of a tornado, but for most of the weekend, winds shouldn’t be too intense.

A flood watch is in effect for Sunday evening. Oglesby said people who live by rivers should be especially watchful, because the heavy rain might drive flooding.

At the beach, there is a high risk of rip currents and a high surf advisory.

“There could be a few breaks in there later on today," Oglesby said Saturday morning, "but for the most part, we’re going to be pretty trapped in for the next 12 to 18 hours.”