Tornadoes, Severe Storms Possible In Tampa Bay Area

  • Tornadoes, Severe Storms Possible In Tampa Bay Area

Tornadoes, Severe Storms Possible In Tampa Bay Area

It is likely we'll be under a watch of some sort, either a severe thunderstorm or a possible tornado watch, most of the afternoon/evening. This round has an enhanced risk of turning severe. It's been an active month, with 322 severe reports, including 44 tornadoes, 26 reports of large hail and 252 reports of wind damage. Round one moves into west Alabama around 3am Saturday and continues eastward across the state.

If you were hoping to hear thunder early this morning, chances are, you slept in South of the Broad Saturday morning.

The Storm Prediction Center said this morning's storms could spawn tornadoes and produce wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour. At this point, it appears that storms may push through during the morning hours and again at night. The alert was issued to warn the public that severe thunderstorms with tornadoes were imminent or occurring.

Image NOAA Storm Prediction Center
Image NOAA Storm Prediction Center

The greatest tornado threat will be in the vicinity of a micro-low-pressure system and a warm front, which should be draped across parts of southern Arkansas/northern Louisiana and into Mississippi. This same area will have the risk of seeing very large hail too as very cold air aloft moves overhead. If you are at home and a warning is issued for your area then make sure to stay away from windows and do not go outdoors.

The showers and thunderstorms will taper off from north to south Sunday night into Monday morning. Please be alert for the latest watches and warnings Sunday, especially during the afternoon and into the evening. "The forecast soundings still look to be too saturated for a big severe weather event, and poor lapse rates and unidirectional wind flow (shear) are limiting factors as well".