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Severe storms Monday afternoon could dampen Tampa Bay Lightning celebration

Storms have the potential for lightning, hail and strong wind gusts up to 60 mph as Tampa Bay celebrates the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory.
Severe storms are expected this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service Tampa Bay
Severe storms are expected this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service Tampa Bay [ The National Weather Service Tampa Bay ]
Published Jul. 12
Updated Jul. 12

Severe storms are expected this afternoon and into the evening in the Tampa Bay area. The storms could bring strong winds, lightning and large hail as Tampa Bay celebrates the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory with a boat parade and an afternoon celebration at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

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The City of Tampa is hosting the emblematic boat parade, which will begin around 11 a.m. The celebration at the park is expected to begin around 2 p.m. Large crowds are expected. Severe storms could begin about that time.

The storms have the potential for damaging winds of 50 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph, said Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Heavy rain could cause flooding, especially in areas where rivers are already full from previous storms.

Wynn says currently there is no threat of tornados. However, he warned how quick weather can change in the Tampa Bay area.

“I know it’s beautiful out there this morning so people might be deceived,” Wynn said.

Spectrum Bay New 9 Weather, which predicts a 60 percent chance of rain, encourages people to stay, “weather aware this afternoon.”