Business owners and homeowners along Pass-A-Grille awoke to heavy storm damage and flooding Monday morning, as it sat as one of the hardest hit communities in the Tampa Bay area.
Pinellas County was the site of several reported tornadoes, and several homes and businesses in Pass-A-Grille suffered significant damage.
The county declared a state of local emergency this morning at 10:09 a.m. due to the continuing threat and impacts of Tropical Storm Debby.
At the local marina, glass windows were blown out and the steel siding of the building completely caved in. The back of the roof was also ripped off.
Compelling video sent from a viewer showed the tornado striking in Pass-A-Grille. It was taken last night as wind and rain pelted the community.
"Tornado! Tornado! Right there: Tornado," a man says in the video, which you can watch in the player. "We're in the midst of it right now. Oh man, we have a tornado. Holy cow."
County workers were out Monday morning trying to pickup the pieces. Flooding was also an issue, with some roads leading to the beach had as much as eight inches of water.
Other damage reports from the National Weather Service included:
From the city of Clearwater:
In St. Petersburg:
The city of St. Petersburg is making sand bags available Monday from 3:30 to 8 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue NE (located at the Cardinal Drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course).
Ten bags per vehicle are allowed. The city will issue bags for residents to fill with sand and load their own vehicles. (City staff will assist those unable to do so.) Residents with city-issued bags from previous storms are encouraged to bring them to refill. Residents are also asked to have identification verifying city residency - a Florida driver's license is preferred.
The City of Gulfport will provide sand at the north side of the City Hall parking lot at 2401 51st St. S. Sand will be available until the storm threat has been alleviated.
The city provides the sand, bags, shovels and a unit to help you fill the bags.
Monday evening, the Sunshine Skyway, eastbound Courtney Campbell, and northbound Howard Frankland remained closed due to winds.
Stay with FOX 13 for more updates out of Pinellas County.
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