Tornado Watch issued for Tampa Bay


A strong cold front will bring a round of thunderstorms to Tampa Bay, some of which can be strong to severe.


What you need to know

  • Tornado Watch is valid until 5:00 p.m.
  • A cold front pulls through in the afternoon
  • Behind the front it gets windy with dangerous boating
  • Cooler weather is pushing for Halloween weekend.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms sweep through Tampa Bay this morning.

Then this afternoon a thunderstorm line from the Gulf of Mexico draws over the area.

Storms can create tornadoes or harmful winds as they move east through the area.

We have high chances of rain for the entire region. It’s our best chance of rain in over a month.

We recommend everyone to set the notifications on our app and check in to Klystron 9 throughout the day.

The timing of these storms varies from location to location, and some can suffer more than one storm during the day. However, the window for strong to severe thunderstorms ends this evening.

Shortly before the main cold front arrives, a series of gusty thunderstorms will draw ashore. The time for this is between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If the cold front moves south and east late today, the risk of strong to severe thunderstorms will decrease.

Wind will pick up behind the frontline late Thursday as a cooler mass of air pours into Tampa Bay, resulting in dangerous boating conditions with rough seas through Friday.

The seas can rise to 8-14ft on Thursday night with stormy winds just offshore. At high tide, minor splashes are possible in areas exposed to the waters of the Gulf.

The wind will decrease until the weekend, but it can still be cloudy until Saturday.

We will continue to hold on to the rain chances on Friday and Saturday as showers continue to come from the golf. This will keep Saturday temperatures in the 60s and 70s for most of the day.

But just in time for Halloween, huge improvements are coming! The sun is returning and the high temperatures will be between the low to mid 70s. Autumn is finally here.

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