Debby Keeps Tampa Bay on High Alert
A tornado watch continues for most of the Tampa Bay area through this afternoon.
Sunday’s heavy rains and frequent tornado warnings aren’t a thing of the past. The National Weather Service says the entire Tampa Bay area is in for another bumpy ride today courtesy of Tropical Storm Debby.
The tornado watch that was in effect for most of the region has been extended once again until 2 p.m. Monday. It includes such counties as Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota and Manatee.
A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado development.
Yesterday counties throughout the Tampa area saw their tornado watches turn into warnings as multiple funnel clouds were reported. Some areas also saw heavy flooding and experienced power losses.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service are calling for a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms today and have issued coastal flood warnings and flood warnings for many counties. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Tampa Bay area.
Forecasters say Debby has weakened, but remains stationary. That means she’s positioned to dump more bad weather on the Bay area for at least another day. Debby's current track has her striking somewhere in the Panhandle later this week. The storm is expected to weaken further as the week wears on.
A look ahead in weather shows little improvement in our area over the next few days. Rain chances remain high through Wednesday.
For more information about the storm, visit the National Weather Service online.
To keep up with hazardous weather warnings, visit the weather service's severe weather summary page.
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