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Severe weather leaves damage in its path across Tampa Bay

A strong line of storms moved across the Tampa Bay area.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — 3 p.m.

10News confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down in Pinellas County the night prior, packing 85 mph winds.

3 a.m.

All weather warnings and watches have been cancelled for our area.

2:36 a.m. 

Tornado Watch from cancelled for Polk and Highland counties.

1 a.m. Friday

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has reopened after being closed due to high winds.

12:25 a.m. Friday

Florida Highway Patrol confirms I-275 has reopened following a crane collapse.

11:45 p.m. 

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Polk and Sarasota counties. 

Credit: 10Weather

11:35 p.m.

The tornado warnings for Hillsborough and Manatee counties have been canceled.  

11:33 p.m.

Severe storms caused a crane to fall, shutting down part of northbound I-275 in St. Petersburg, not far from Roosevelt Boulevard. 

There were thousands of people without power across Tampa Bay. TECO was reporting 13,295 without power and Duke Energy reported more than 4,000 customers without power.

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11:17 p.m. 

Tornado warnings have been issued for Manatee and Sarasota counties. They include the cities of: 

  • Bradenton 
  • Bayshore Gardens 
  • Palmetto

11:14 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of Hillsborough and Manatee counties. 

Those include:

  • Sun City Center
  • Wimauma
  • Ruskin

11:11 p.m.

A tree fell into a home with seven people inside in Seminole, Florida. Firefighters said one person was hurt.

The tornado warning for Hillsborough County was expired.

10:51 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for parts of Hillsborough County.

10:32 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for parts of Pinellas County. 

That includes:

  • Pinellas Park
  • Seminole
  • Indian Rocks beach

10:03 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Citrus counties. The warning will last until 11 p.m.
9:29 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 10:15 p.m. for Citrus County.

9:25 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for the entire Tampa Bay area.

Affected Tampa Bay area counties include: 

  • Hernando County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Manatee County
  • Pasco County
  • Pinellas County
  • Polk County
  • Sarasota County

5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.6, 2020
A tornado watch was issued for 5:32 p.m. through midnight for Citrus County, Florida.

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Severe weather outlook in Florida: Strong winds, tornadoes possible

An overnight storm threat, plus severe weather in the mix, is likely in the works for much of Florida.

It'll feel a lot like springtime as temperatures climb and there's a bit more humidity in the air. And that's just the beginning: Look for highs pushing 80 degrees Thursday.

This all is associated with a southerly flow of air ushering in these warmer and more humid conditions. Winds will become even breezier, with higher gusts. 

Consider it, by then, the calm before the storm -- a strong cold front is expected to sweep across the state late Thursday into Friday, bringing with it a line of showers and thunderstorms.

Depending on the ingredients -- and timing -- in play, some of those storms could turn strong to severe.

Surf's up

People along the coastline will have a sense of the coming weather as those strong winds mentioned earlier churn up the Gulf of Mexico. 

Expect higher than normal tides, perhaps by a foot or two, and big waves. This means there will be an increased risk for rip currents, so stay out of the water.

If you live in an area that sees some flooding from high tides, be on the lookout for some minor flooding Thursday into Friday, especially around the high tide at 2 a.m. Friday.

Credit: 10Weather

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