At least two tornadoes touched down in West Florida overnight

People in west Florida were bracing for another day of severe weather Thursday after two tornadoes touched down overnight, National Weather Service officials said.

“We expect another round of potentially damaging winds and isolated tornadoes again in the Tampa Bay area and to the north,” said Stephen Shiveley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He added that dangerous weather is expected in the area, and conditions are expected to improve by evening.

The storm, which hit the Tampa Bay area and north of Tampa around 2 a.m. Thursday, damaged two homes but caused no injuries. police in Clearwater, Fla., posted on Facebook. The The Citrus County School District has closed its schools for the day, and about 16,000 customers in Florida were briefly without power, according to poweroutage.uswhich aggregates data from utilities across the United States.

A tornado watch was in effect for North and Central Florida until 3 p.m. Thursday, the weather service announced. In Melbourne, Fla., in eastern Florida, the storm’s biggest threat is 50 mph winds, the weather service said.

“We still expect the tornadoes to continue this morning,” said Cassie Leahy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne. The threat of strong, gusty winds will continue through Thursday, she said, and the threat of tornadoes will ease later in the day.

The storm during the night brought down power lines and trees, and caused flooding, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Officewho said several roads in Crystal River, Fla., were closed due to “extensive damage.”

In Clearwater, a woman was sleeping in her bedroom when a wall and roof collapsed on her, the Clearwater Police Department said. post on social media platform X. The woman was not injured, the police said. Photos shared by the police department show uprooted trees, damaged cars and streets littered with debris.

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