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Tampa area under tornado watch through 5 p.m.


Published:   |   Updated: March 29, 2014 at 02:15 PM

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for most Tampa Bay area counties, including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus and Sarasota until 5 p.m. Pinellas County was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 2:15 p.m.

Race fans were forced to leave the grandstands at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in downtown St. Petersburg Saturday afternoon, taking shelter from the rain and wind inside the Mahaffey Theater. Racing was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

A storm system bringing gusty winds and rain is moving across the Tampa Bay area today, WFLA-TV meteorologists said.

Hillsborough and areas to the south will start to see rain later Saturday afternoon, meteorologist Bryan Bennett said.

“We can’t rule out the chance of some of those showers becoming strong to severe later in the day,” Bennett said.

Overall there’s a 70 percent chance of rain across the area.

The afternoon high will be around 80 degrees.

Sunday will be clearer, with some sunshine and cooler temperatures with a high around 75.

A tornado watch has been issued for most Tampa Bay area counties including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus and Sarasota, according to the National Weather Service. The watch is in effect until 5 p.m.

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