January 16, 2021

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Strong, severe storms possible across Tampa Bay

There remains a threat for isolated tornadoes, thanks to Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A couple of thunderstorms could turn strong to severe Saturday afternoon as energy from Tropical Storm Cristobal pushes into the Tampa Bay area.
Earlier tornado warnings, including those for Hillsborough and Manatee counteis, have been canceled.

There are no reports of damage associated with the warning.
This weekend’s showers and thunderstorms largely are associated with Tropical Storm Cristobal situated in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout the day Saturday, expect waves of showers and thunderstorms to come in from the coastline and push inland.

The chance of rain this weekend in Tampa Bay is near 100 percent Saturday and Sunday, said Eric Oglesby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

On Saturday, a tornado warning is in effect for south/central Hillsborough County until 12:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm initially began near Sun City Center and Wimauma.
He said both days will have widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms. There is a marginal risk of a tornado, but for most of the weekend, winds shouldn’t be too intense.A flood watch is in effect for Sunday evening. Oglesby said people who live by rivers should be especially watchful, because the heavy rain might drive flooding.