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People share stunning cloud photos of Tampa Bay weather as more storms churn in Gulf

There were scattered reports of trees and wires being down. Power outages numbered as many as 12,000 in Pinellas County.
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A patch of nasty weather moved through the Tampa Bay area on Monday morning, prompting warnings and reports of minor damage.

It also caused a lot of people share stunning images of storm clouds on social media — some of which are featured at the bottom of this story.

A tornado warning was briefly issued for parts of southern Pinellas County at 8:46 a.m., but it expired after about 15 minutes. Forecasters had urged people to shelter in place as radar started to show the possibility of a tornado. Parts of St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Tierra Verde and other cities in the southern part of the county were included in the warning.

There were no reports of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service’s Ruskin station. There were reports of winds as high as 60 mph along the Pinellas coast and at St. Peterburg’s Albert Whitted Airport.

But while the tornado warning passed, severe thunderstorm warnings remained in place.

There were scattered reports of trees and wires being down. Power outages numbered as many as 12,000 in Pinellas County, but that number was down to about 600 or so by about 5 p.m. About a few dozen Hillsborough residents were still without power by that time.

That won’t be the only rain the bay area could see this week, according to Spectrum Bay News 9. It will get hotter and wetter later this week.

There’s a slight chance of showers on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the upper 80s. Then Thursday and Friday will see a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain while temperatures reach the low 90s.

“It’ll be more like a summer pattern of scattered afternoon thunderstorms,” said Spectrum Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay.

Spectrum Bay News 9′s week-long forecast is here.

Here are some video and images of Monday’s storms from social media this morning:

Severe thunderstorms approach the Pinellas County coast near Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach Monday, May 18, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]