The Tampa Bay area can expect strong downpours and possibly severe thunderstorms today as an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico makes its way onshore.
Some areas started seeing isolated showers this morning, but the stronger storms are developing this afternoon, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.
According to the National Weather Service, the system could produce large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and localized flooding. The region could also expect rainfall totals between 3-5 inches, with elevated high tides and an increased risk of minimal coastal flooding.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for 12 counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco, until 8 p.m. A line of thunderstorms in the Gulf is capable of producing strong storms and waterspouts.
A Tornado Warning issued for Hillsborough County expired at 2:45 p.m. At 2:22 p.m, the National Weather Service detected a water spout in Tampa Bay southwest of MacDill Air Force Base moving northeast, but officials said the base was not affected.
The storms will last into tonight, before tapering off into the overnight hours.
Showers could linger into Saturday morning, but skies will clear out during the day, with highs staying below 80.
Easter Sunday is expected to be pleasant, with highs around 80 under partly cloudy skies.