Florida’s sea breeze thunderstorms produce tornadoes around Tampa Bay
There were no injuries reported in Tuesday’s storms
TAMPA - The clash of sea breezes in Florida on Tuesday produced an afternoon full of severe thunderstorms that included several reports of tornadoes and winds gusting to 60 miles per hour around Tampa.
Residents in Central Florida captured the sights on camera, with video of funnels and damage in Pasco and Pinellas counties.
Authorities did not report any injuries despite trees being knocked over and damage to roofs and outdoor items that weren’t secured.
At least one business sustained damage in New Port Richey, and several cars were hit by a falling tree.
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Florida is in its rainy season, and meteorologists say that thunderstorms tend to be stronger during the first half of summer because of cold air available aloft.
The National Weather Service has not rated the tornadoes but believes they were weak and weren’t on the ground for long.
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Several hundred people in the Tampa metro region spent most of the evening without power due to the storms.
The chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely come in waves but will mostly be around into September.
Meteorologists say storms during the latter part of the season tend to cause less damage but can produce heavier rainfall.