Tampa Bay Weather: More storms ahead today, as storm damage cleanup continues

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Viewer-submitted photo of a pine tree downed by Wednesday's storms in Wesley Chapel.

Inverness, Florida -- A second area of low pressure will develop and move across Florida through the day Thursday.

Thursday's storms will be capable of damaging wind gusts, torrential rain, dangerous lightning, and still an isolated tornado risk.

It's not possible to say where Thursday's weather will be worst. On Wednesday, folks in the Tampa Bay area's northern counties felt the brunt of it.

Folks are already dealing with damage from Wednesday's storms. A tree fell across two cars in the Beacon Woods subdivision in New Port Richey. The good news: nobody was hurt there.

And up the road in Citrus County, the intensity picked up. In the town of Homosassa, more fallen trees piled up in yards and streets. One limb shredded the pool cage behind a house.

Downed power lines and split trees were scattered all over Citrus County. In Inverness, big branches fell in yards and across driveways.

For hours, families have been dealing with power outages. Many of them have dragged on through the night.

During Wednesday's wind and rain, folks could only sit inside and wait for the worst to pass.

"I heard a loud roar coming towards me from the west and a rushing sound and I grabbed my dog and ran into the house into the small bathroom and closed the door," said Elaine Hunt, who lives in Inverness.

In Crystal River, wind pulled apart a building that's supposed to protect boats. Instead, the building at Pete's Pier fell onto a boat.

The owner had just bought the boat within the past six weeks and hadn't even taken it out on the water yet.

It looks like the marina's insurance will pay for that damage, which the owner figures is about $15,000.

Out of Wednesday's nasty weather, we've heard only one report of injuries. The National Weather Service says a man was swimming in his apartment complex swimming pool when he was hit by lighting.

It happened Wednesday evening in Clearwater. We have not been given any information about his condition.

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