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Live blog: Tracking Andrea’s damage

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Tropical Storm Andrea blew through the Bay Area on Thursday, leaving behind flooding and tornado damage.

As of Thursday evening, the sun was out in much of the area, but the storm's effects were still being felt.

Here's the latest updates.

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8:16 p.m.: The power lines have been cleared and the Gandy Bridge is back open.

7:07 p.m.: The tornado watch for the Bay Area has been cancelled, the NWS says.

6:25 p.m.: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has reopened. FHP asks drivers to remain cautious.

6:01 p.m.: A downed power line on the Tampa side of Gandy Blvd. has closed the road in both directions, along with the bridge. Traffic is backing up.

5:58 p.m.: Andrea is over land. The tropical storm made landfall in the Big Bend area just before 6 p.m. It's expected to race off to the northeast.

4:56 p.m.: The NHC's 5 p.m. update has Andrea about to make landfall in Florida's Big Bend region with 65mph winds. Tropical storm warnings are up for the U.S. East Coast up to the Chesapeake Bay.

4:08 p.m: More small rain bands are forming and moving onshore from Sarasota to Citrus counties. Again, nothing severe but could get locally heavy.

3:43 p.m.: The Shore Acres community in Pinellas is experiencing its typical flooding. FOX 13's Josh Cascio reports "few inches" of water but streets are still passable.

3:42 p.m.: Bayshore will remained closed until after evening rush hour, Tampa police say.

3:12 p.m.: New, thin line of storms is approaching the Pinellas Coast from the southwest. Nothing severe at the moment.

1:52 p.m.: The Humane Society of Pinellas County suffered damage to their roof, but all animals are OK, a shelter spokesperson says.

1:40 p.m.: Skies are clearing west of I-75. Polk, Highlands, and DeSoto counties still getting socked, but should see improvement soon.

1:10 p.m.: Tornado warnings issued for SE Manatee, eastern Sarasota, SW Hardee and NW DeSoto have expired.

12:52 p.m.: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge remains closed because of high winds. We'll update when it reopens.

12:40 p.m.: More tornado warnings issued for southern Hillsborough, northern Manatee, and northern Sarasota.

12:33 p.m.: National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning until 1 p.m. for southeastern DeSoto County and eastern Charlotte County.

12:21 p.m.: National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for SW Highlands County and NE Charlotte County until 12:45 p.m. Possible tornado rotation indicated near Babcock Ranch moving north at 45 mph.

12:19 p.m.: The tornado warnings issued for Pinellas and Hillsborough County have been canceled; New tornado warning issued for DeSoto and Central Hardee County. Possible tornado rotation indicated 8 miles south of Limestone, 7 miles NW of Arcadia, moving north at 40 mph.

12:15 p.m.: The tornado warning issued for Manatee County has expired.

12:10 p.m.: Officials have canceled the tornado warning for Pasco County; Hillsborough remains under a tornado warning after rotation spotted in the Temple Terrace area.

Noon: Rotation indicated on radar in downtown Tampa. Cell is moving toward the Temple Terrace area in Hillsborough County, which remains under a tornado warning. A tornado warning is in effect for Pasco and Pinellas until 12:30 p.m.

11:58 a.m.: Western Pasco County, South Tampa and eastern Pinellas County are under a tornado warning until 12:30. Radar-indicated rotation near downtown Tampa.

11:48 a.m.: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is now closed due to high winds.

11:45 a.m.: There are three active tornado warnings for southern Bay area counties. Charlotte County, NW Lee County and Sarasota County until noon. A radar-indicated tornado was moving north 7 miles east of Sarasota. And a radar-indicated tornado was moving NE near the Myakka River State Park at 40 mph.

11:30 a.m.: 1 horse killed, 2 dogs unaccounted for after reported tornado flattens barn in Myakka City, owners tell FOX 13.

11:11 a.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for western Charlotte County, NW Lee County and Sarasota County until noon. Radar indicates waterspouts moving on shore at 30 mph along a line from Venice to Englewood to 18 miles south of Englewood.

11:10 a.m.: Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa is closed in both directions from Rome to Platt.

11 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center has issued its 11 a.m. update on Tropical Storm Andrea, which still is sustaining maximum winds of 60 mph. It sits about 110 miles west of Tampa and 110 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola, heading northeast at 15 mph.

10:46 a.m.: A tornado watch for the entire Tampa Bay area has been re-issued to extend to 10 p.m.

10:45 a.m.: Chief of Gulfport police Robert Vincent tells FOX 13 it appears a waterspout came on land; 2 buildings reporting structure damage.There are trees and downed power lines.

10:42 a.m.: 4,000 people without power in Pinellas County – largest faction in Gulfport area. TECO reporting 567 people without power – largest faction in East Lake area of Hillsborough County.

10:38 a.m.: Emergency crews report possible entrapment of people in building at 2526 Beach Blvd. S in Gulfport.  

10:34 a.m.: Tom Iovino of Emergency Management in Pinellas: Reports of light structure damage and trees down in Gulfport area. No reports of flooding yet in Pinellas, but he cautions, "We're not out of the woods yet."

10:23 a.m.: Fire and rescue officials say heavy wind damage in Gulfport. Reports of trees and power lines down along Beach Boulevard South.

10:15 a.m.: Amateur radio operator reports trees down at 22nd Street S in Gulfport. Radar continues to indicate rotation moving north along U.S. 19.

10:01 a.m.: Tornado warning issued for Pinellas County. NWS says radar-indicated tornado near Gulfport and St. Pete Beach, moving north at 30mph. Warning is in effect until 10:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.: 22 flights are reporting delays at Tampa International Airport. The entire Tampa Bay area is under a tornado watch until 11 a.m.

9:50 a.m.: FOX 13's Aaron Mesmer speaks to Sun City Center resident Phill Lafluer, who tells us reported tornado this morning "sounded like a freight train through our living room." The home's lanai was ripped off.

9:44 a.m.: The city of St. Petersburg is making sandbags available today. You can pick them up at two locations: Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue NE; Frank W. Pierce Center/Bartlett Park, 2000 Seventh S. S.

9:30 a.m.: All lanes of Bayshore Boulevard have been reopened in Tampa. A single lane was closed because of flooding.

9:03 a.m.: Manatee County deputies confirm a tornado touched down in Myakka City near Singletary Road around 3 a.m. Thursday. It's the same tornado that traveled to Sun City Center. Some damage reported; no injuries to report.

8:55 a.m.: The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado did touch down Thursday morning in Sun City Center. FOX 13's Aaron Mesmer reports damage to homes in the area, as well as downed trees and power lines. No reported injuries.

8:43 a.m.: Pasco County is also making available sandbags if needed. Here are the locations where you can pick them up. You need to bring your own shovel.

*Pasco County Public Works Complex, 7530 State Street, New Port Richey

*Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway,

*Veteran's Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson

*Mitchell Park, 4025 Little Rd, New Port Richey

*Fire Station #1, Dairy Rd, Zephyrhills

*Fire Station #10, 7912 Rhodes Rd, Hudson

*Fire Station #17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey

*Fire Station #24, 14317 4th St, Dade City

*C- Barn on 3908 Warder Rd., San Antonio

*New Port Richey Public Works, 6420 Pine Hill Rd, New Port Richey

8:12 a.m.: Tornado warnings issued for SW Pasco, NW Pinellas are expiring as cell is moving offshore west of New Port Richey.

7:54 a.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for NW Pinellas and SW Pasco Counties until 8:15 a.m. Take cover in these areas: Tarpon Springs, Holiday, Port Richey, and New Port Richey.   

7:45 a.m.: Sun City Center resident Carol Bajenen tells FOX 13 she had tornado damage at her home. "The damage was done in seconds. It was probably less than a minute that it happened. Very strong action. It amazes me we're OK."

7:30 a.m.: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is making sandbags available to the public. Locations: Public Works West Service Unit at 9805 Sheldon Road; South Service Unit at 8718 Old Big Bend Road; East Service Unit at 4702 Sydney Road.

7:15 a.m.: FOX 13 meteorologist Dave Osterberg reports he's seeing rotation in several areas of a new line of storms in the Gulf of Mexico right now. It is expected to move into the Bay area over the next few hours, and there will likely be tornado warnings issued in several areas.

7 a.m.: FOX 13's Aaron Mesmer reports debris scattered around homes, trees and power lines down, in Sun City Center. Reported tornado cell hit there early Thursday morning. You can follow Aaron's live updates on Twitter @AaronMesmer

6:52 a.m.: One lane of SB Bayshore Boulevard in front of the Monte Carlo condominiums is flooded between West Mason Street and Knight Street.

6:20 a.m.: FOX 13 meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne has updated our blog, taking a look at Andrea's impact over the next 24 hours in Florida. Read more at

6:02 a.m.: As of now, no public school systems have reported cancellations. Here is the link for Hillsborough County schools: … and Manatee County schools

6 a.m.: The tornado warnings for Highlands and Polk County have expired.

5:45 a.m.: Manatee deputies report debris scattered across SR 70, as well as a busted up shed and several downed power lines. No major property damage from the reported tornado touchdown yet. No injuries reported.

5:34 a.m.: Tornado warning issued for eastern Polk County near Indian Lake Estates until 6 a.m.

5:26 a.m.: Tornado warning issued for extreme eastern Highlands County until 6 a.m. Possible threat for Cornwell area southeast of Sebring.

5:20 a.m.: Tropical storm warning issued for swath of US East Coast as TS Andrea approaches Florida, AP reports.

5:15 a.m.: A portion of Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa was closed briefly, but Tampa police reopened.

5 a.m.: Latest update on condition of Tropical Storm Andrea: The storm now is packing winds of 60 mph, and intensity has likely peaked. Main threat: Heavy rain, isolated tornadoes and minor coastal flooding.

4:45 a.m.: All area tornado warnings have expired. The storm system has weakened a bit. Tampa Bay area still under watch until 11 a.m.

4:43 a.m.: FOX 13's Jen Epstein reports SR 70 in Myakka City was closed in both directions because wires were down in the road.

4:23 a.m.: National Weather Service spots a waterspout in Hillsborough Bay moving NW at 10 knots.

4:15 a.m.: Tornado warning for Hillsborough has been extended until 4:45 a.m. to include downtown Tampa and MacDill AFB.

4 a.m.: A tornado warning is now in effect for DeSoto and northern Charlotte County until 4:30 a.m.

3:45 a.m.: A tornado warning has been extended for Hillsborough County until 4:15 a.m.

3:15 a.m.: Reports of building damage in Manatee County near Myakka City.

3:13 a.m.: Tornado warning issued for Manatee and Hillsborough County until 3:45 a.m. A tornado is spotted on the ground in Manatee.

Wednesday night: Tropical Storm Andrea forms in the Gulf of Mexico, the first of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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