Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The system isn't expected to have major direct impacts on Tampa Bay’s weather, but the indirect effects have forecasters anticipating the season’s mildest weather yet.
The formation of a tropical storm south of Florida isn’t typically good news for the Tampa Bay area. In Tropical Storm Sandy’s case, however, forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office say Largo might be in for some positive impacts. The storm, which is currently located south of Jamaica, could bring breezy conditions to the Bay area this weekend. While some rain, “rough boating conditions” and a slight increase in temperatures are also possible over the weekend, meteorologist Jon Jelsema says what’s in store next week is worth waiting for. If Sandy stays on her current path, she’ll cross over Jamaica and Cuba as a hurricane and then pass by the Bahamas and eastern Florida Friday and over the weekend as a tropical storm …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Heavy rain and some thunderstorms are forecast for the entire Tampa Bay area.
Largo residents hoping to enjoy a little outdoor time over the next few days might be out of luck. The National Weather Service’s Ruskin office is calling for a strong likelihood of rain through Wednesday night. “(There’s) deep moisture that’s going to be brought in through our area,” said Michael Lewis, a weather service meteorologist. “Intermittent showers and thunderstorms (are likely).” The chances for rain are about 50 percent throughout the rest of today, Oct. 2, and into the evening hours tonight. Tomorrow’s daytime forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain in most parts of the Bay area. Those chances drop to about 40 percent on Wednesday night and into Thursday. Things should start to clear up a little from there, Lewis said. …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A thunderstorm pummels coastal communities and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, and more is expected tonight, forecasters said.
The worst of the rain and thunderstorms are not behind us yet. The National Weather Service reported that a severe thunderstorm with winds up to 60 mph was six miles southwest of Indian Shores earlier Tuesday afternoon. At 1:45 p.m. today, the storm was moving east, bringing torrents of rain. People are being advised to move indoors, because frequent lightning strikes are expected. Rip currents also pose a risk along the beaches. A severe thundrestorm warning is in effect for the following areas: St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, St. Pete Beach, Kenneth City, Largo, Indian Rocks Beach, Treasure Island, Pass-a-Grille Beach, South Pasadena, Madeira Beach, the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Boyd Hill Nature …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The region may have escaped the worst of Isaac, which is heading toward the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.
All tropical storm and tornado warnings have expired for the Tampa Bay area as Isaac continues to move further west over the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Monday. The good news for Tampa Bay means bad news for the northern Gulf coast, as Isaac is expected to reach hurricane strength over the next 48 hours as it approaches the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center warns of significant storm surge in the northern Gulf coast region, where several tropical storm and hurricane warnings are in place. The storm was about 250 miles south of Apalachicola at 11 a.m. Monday and moving at about 14 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of up to 65 mph, forecasters said. Locally, bands of heavy rain and wind gusts are still …
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Florida Keys and southern Florida are under a tropical storm watch, as Isaac approaches.
Tropical Storm Isaac is "getting better organized," as it moves northwest toward Haiti, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Friday night. The Tampa Bay area still is within the cone of uncertainty, with Isaac projected to arrive Tuesday morning, as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm could affect plans for the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday in downtown Tampa and runs through Thursday. The New York Times reported Friday that presidential candidate Mitt Romney's nomination has been moved up two days, from Wednesday to Monday. The change will enable the process to be completed before the storm is forecast to reach the Tampa Bay area. Isaac was moving northwest at around 14 mph as of 11 p.m. Friday but is …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Warnings and watches have been issued in counties across Central Florida.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tropical Storm Isaac is still days away, but the potential for flooding in Pinellas County is more of an immediate concern, say forecasters at the National Weather Service. A flood watch has been issued for the county through Wednesday night, Aug. 22. This means that flooding is possible within the next 24 to 36 hours. Nicole Carlisle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the flooding threat doesn’t come from Tropical Storm Isaac. Rather, it’s from a “stalled frontal boundary over us, and we’re expecting more rain today.” Rainfall amounts of at least 2 to 3 inches, and possibly more this evening, are likely across the region, according to the NWS forecast. Residents living in flood prone areas are warned to take action …
Monday, June 25, 2012
A Level 1 state of emergency, the lowest declaration, is in effect as Tropical Storm Debby brings rain, winds and flooding to Florida.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon as the state deals with the effects of Tropical Storm Debby. Scott declared a Level 1 state of emergency, the lowest, which activates storm operations in all 67 counties, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Scott receieved a briefing on the storm's effects before advising Floridians "to be safe, avoid non-essential driving, pay close attention to weather reports and stay away from downed power lines," according to the Times. "I think the most important thing is, one, just use common sense. Be careful," Scott said. "If you're close to a beach, be very cautious. Look at all the beach advisories. If there's any standing water, if there's any flooding, don't drive into it. Be very…
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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Here is everything you need to know.
Tropical Storm Debby came roaring in this weekend, soaking the Bay Area and spoiling weekend plans. Here are the links to all of Patch's storm coverage. Friday, June 29: Wednesday, June 27: Tuesday, June 26: Monday, June 25: Sunday, June 24: Saturday, June 23: Let us know how you’re weathering the storm. Post your photos on Patch or add a comment to the comments section. Stay with Patch for updates on the storm.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
A tropical storm warning was issued for the Louisiana coast on Saturday, and high surf and coastal flooding advisories have been issued for the Tampa Bay area.
Tropical Storm Debby has officially formed, forecasters with the National Weather Service said Saturday afternoon, and a rainy weekend should continue for the Tampa Bay area. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Louisiana coast as Debby slowly drifts north and then west west from the center of the Gulf of Mexico. The strengthening storm is expected to bring "widespread showers with a few embedded thunderstorms" across the west coast of Florida through Monday, forecasters said. A high surf advisory was in effect for the Tampa Bay area's beaches until 8 p.m. Sunday, and a coastal flood advisory was issued for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties through 8 p.m. Monday. Forecasts warned of an increased risk of rip currents and …