Tornado Warning Issued For Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough

MANATEE COUNTY, FL — The National Weather Service in Ruskin has been issued a tornado warning for western Manatee County, southeastern Pinellas County and southwestern Hillsborough County.

At 2:51 p.m., a radar indicated a waterspout located seven miles west of Anna Maria Island and nine miles southwest of Fort Desoto Park, moving northeast at 40 mph.

Strong winds have caused some damage in St. Petersburg. A number of large trees may have been knocked down by tornado activity.

The Doppler radar is tracking a strong thunderstorm seven miles southwest of Ruskin and nine miles north of Palmetto, moving northeast at 65 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include Bradenton, Plant City, Palmetto, FishHawk, Brandon, Lakewood Ranch, Ellenton, Hillsborough River State Park, Sun City Center, Riverview and Sarasota.

Southeastern Hillsborough, north Manatee and southeastern Polk County are experiencing strong wind gusts.

High rip current risk remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon. A high surf advisory is in effect from 8 p.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday. Increasing northwest winds in the wake of a cold front will cause surf to build to 3 to 5 feet at area beaches. The high surf may produce localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Strong rip current will be hazardous for those in the surf zone along area beaches.

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