Storms bring wind, lightning - FOX 13 News

Storms bring wind, lightning

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Several clusters of strong storms swept across the Bay Area Tuesday afternoon, bringing gusty winds and frequent lightning, and leaving lots of downed trees and power outages behind.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for much of the Bay Area at times today, but these were stronger than our typical afternoon storms.

Tampa Electric was reporting as many as 6,800 people without power at 5 p.m. Progress Energy also reported scattered pockets of outages.

In Tampa, Sligh Ave. east of Nebraska was reportedly flooded, with trees down in the area.  Police say there are also reports of trees in the road on Ramona Circle North, Sligh Avenue at 15th Street, and East Elm Street.

The Home Depot in the Brandon area had debris scattered through its parking lot. At least one car window was broken.

A business on Nebraska near Waters Avenue almost had its roof torn off. Viewer David Morgan sent in video of strong winds lifting the roof, then setting it back down.

FOX 13's Tanya Arja said that while heading to the scene, Interstate 275 was practically a "parking lot" of stuck cars. She said traffic lights were out on side roads, and tree limbs were down all over the place.

Police are reminding drivers to treat powerless intersections as four-way stops.

Stay with FOX 13 for more details.

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