Tornado Watch continues for parts of the Tampa Bay area

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A line of strong storms is departing the southeastern portion of the Tampa Bay area tonight. A Tornado Watch is in effect for Highlands county until 6AM.

The Storm Prediction Center had much of the Tampa Bay area at a HIGH risk of severe weather earlier Sunday evening, a classification rarely seen in our part of the country.

“We rarely see severe weather set ups like this here in the Tampa Bay area” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Steve Jerve. “I’ve been forecasting the weather for central Florida for 25 years and I can’t recall seeing a ‘High Risk’ issued by the Storm Prediction Center here.”

This is a great time to make sure you have the Storm Team 8 ‘Weather Max’ app on your phone. It allows you to take the power of the entire Storm Team 8 team with you in the palm of your hand.

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We also encourage everyone to check and make sure they have ‘push alerts’ turned on, so you can receive storm alerts that can help protect you, your family and friends.

The last of the showers and thunderstorms will taper off across southeastern parts of the Tampa Bay area overnight into early Monday morning. Once the front has passed, cooler air will rush in with more windy conditions expected.

Winds will continue to create high seas, surf and dangerous rip currents Sunday night through Monday.

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