Severe thunderstorm watch for Tampa Bay area

Meteorologist Ashley Batey forecasts the weather for Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties this afternoon.

Hillsborough and Manatee counties should be on watch for strong weather.

Expect strong to damaging straight line winds and heavy downpours. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.The most likely time for severe storms will be from 3-7 p.m.

Periods of showers will remain possible through Thursday morning before giving way to clearing skies Thursday afternoon once the actual cold front moves through. Cooler air will fill in behind the cold front bringing high temperatures down to around 80 degrees Thursday afternoon.

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