The National Weather Service has completed its initial review of the tornado that hit downtown Tampa yesterday.
According to their meteorologists:
"A waterspout developed around 1112 a.m. in the channel between Harbour Island and Davis Island...or between the Westin Hotel on Harbour Island and the Tampa Bay Convention Center. The waterspout moved onshore as a tornado along the northern shore of Harbor Island near the Westin Hotel...and proceeded down the channel between the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Harbour Island. The tornado continued through the Channelside area before lifting just east of the Florida Aquarium."
The NWS says the waterspout-turned tornado lasted for only three minutes, but its estimated 75 to 85 mph winds caused damage to the Westin Hotel, Jackson's Bistro, the Channelside Complex, and the Florida Aquarium.
Several private residences were also damaged, but no injuries were reported.
You can read the full NWS report here: http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=TBW&issuedby=TBW&product=PNS&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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