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Small tornado briefly touches down south of MacDill


Published:   |   Updated: October 9, 2013 at 06:11 AM

TAMPA — A tornado briefly touched down on the south side of MacDill Air Force Base this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The tornado was spotted at around 3:24 p.m. on the south side of the base just east of the marina, said Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported, Wynn said.

The National Weather Service received two confirmations of the tornado, one from a weather observer on the base and another from a pilot flying over the base, Wynn said.

A tornado warning was issued and was in effect until 3:41 p.m., when it was lifted.

Wynn said the atmosphere is unusally volatile now with the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen. “There is still a weak boundary over us,” wynn said.

The tornado at MacDill was only the latest of several reports of funnel clouds and waterspouts during the day, Wynn said.

The last reported waterspout was between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. around the Gandy Bridge just west of MacDill Air Force Base, Wynn said.

No damage was reported, Wynn said.

As of 4 p.m., there were still some storms to the south of Tampa, Wynn said. The storms will continue throughout the rest of the afternoon and are expected to diminish in the evening, he said.

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