UPDATE: The National Weather Service has canceled a Tornado Watch that was in effect for the Bay area.

Earlier Report:

The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a Tornado Watch forDesoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota countiesuntil 8 p.m. Thursday.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to produce tornadoes. It does not mean that there is an active tornado on the ground.

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