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Widespread Tampa flight delays as storms roll through the region

Eerie skies above Boca Ciega. SCOTT KEELER | Times
Published May 13

Some potentially severe weather is expected to push through Tampa Bay this afternoon, as a cold front sends thunderstorms with the potential for damaging wind and hail through the area.

The storms began to push through Monday afternoon, causing numerous delays and cancellations for flights to and from Tampa International Airport.

A special marine warning was issued for coastal Tampa Bay as a strong line of storms was expected to bring gusty winds, lightning, higher waves and heavy downpours.

The morning started warm with temperatures in the upper 70s and lowers 80s, but building cloud cover and coming storms will halt the heat as it peaks near 86 early in the afternoon.

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As we get into the afternoon, a slow-moving cold front will begin to bring some scattered thunderstorms and numerous showers today. The National Weather Service said some storms could be severe with strong, damaging wind gusts as the main threat. Some hail and heavy downpours are also possible.

Storms should clear in the early evening, but more showers will come through overnight and could last into Tuesday as the front continues to make its way through. Rain chances are around 60 percent for Monday and 40 percent for Tuesday.

The Weather Service said high pressure should take hold again once the front passes, bringing drier air in for the middle of the week and into the weekend with warm and humid conditions.

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