A powerful line of thunderstorms is making for a treacherous commute across Tampa Bay.
As of 7 a.m., more than 5,300 Pinellas County residents are without power as the storms move in off the Gulf of Mexico, according to Duke Energy, while TECO reports more than 3,100 without power.
A severe thunderstorm warning for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties expired at 5:45 a.m., but commuters can expect high winds, lightning and potentially heavy rain as the storms race to the east, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey said.
Motorists on area bridges are urged to use caution as the storms could produce powerful gusts.
The winds are forecast to shift to the southeast, with clearing in Pinellas and Hillsborough by noon followed by gusty winds from the northwest, Batey said.
Those winds will produce significantly cooler conditions, with temperatures only reaching the upper-70s, Batey said.