Summer-like storms bring wind, lightning - FOX 13 News

Summer-like storms bring wind, lightning

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Strong storms blew through the Bay Area late Thursday afternoon, bringing a taste of summertime to October.

Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued as the strong winds and heavy rain pummeled the area, slowly pushing towards the coast along the sea breeze. But the near-constant lightning was the most striking feature.

"You look at the calendar and it says October 4, but it looks like July 4," quipped FOX 13's chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto.

VIDEO: In the player above, Paul shows timelapse video of breezes colliding, sparking storms.

There were no immediate reports of significant damage, though TECO reported 3,500 customers were without power at 6 p.m. and traffic lights at many intersections were non-functional.

A tree toppled onto North A Street in Tampa, but no injuries were reported.

Paul says to expect the general pattern to remain the same on Friday: winds from the south east throughout the day, with afternoon storms later in the day.

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