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Strong, severe storms possible on Valentine's Day

The Storm Prediction Center says a few severe storms may develop Sunday with the risk of damaging winds and tornadoes.
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A few strong-to-severe thunderstorms with damaging gusts and a brief tornado will be possible Sunday across northern and central Florida, including most of the Tampa Bay area.

The Storm Prediction Center has put Tampa Bay in a marginal (level 1) risk Sunday. A higher-level slight risk (level 2) exists for portions of Citrus and Hernando counties, where the atmosphere is more conducive to severe thunderstorm development.

A waterspout came ashore as an EF-0 tornado early Sunday morning, damaging some condos and roofs in the Boca Ciega Bay area, according to the National Weather Service.

RELATED: NWS: Waterspout comes ashore as a quick-hitting tornado in Pinellas County

A series of disturbances will move from the northern Gulf through the southeastern United States. A stationary front will be situated across the northern Gulf and along the Georgia-Florida border. 

The region south of the front is expected to become moderately unstable with rather humid air, increasing the chance for scattered strong-to-severe thunderstorms. 

Locally, strong wind gusts are the main threat. A tornado can’t be ruled out. 

Additional strong storms may develop farther south, along with a developing sea breeze.

This severe storm risk should diminish Sunday evening, as instability gradually weakens with the loss of daytime heating.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

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