Tornado and funnel clouds spotted in southern Pinellas County

7:51 AM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida -- A Tornado Warning was issued for southern Pinellas County Tuesday evening.

Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet spotted multiple funnel clouds on the 10 News tower cameras, and anticipated the warning would soon follow for Pinellas County. 

The National Weather Service then issued the official 30-minute Tornado Warning around 8:45 p.m. after a trained weather spotter saw rotation near Pass-a-Grille Beach moving southwest at 15 mph.

Photos: Photos sent from locals as storms surround the Bay area

Multiple funnel clouds and waterspouts were also captured on video. According to the National Weather Service, one was just offshore of Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Pete at 8:33 p.m.

Just after 8:40 p.m., another funnel cloud was spotted in Pinellas Park near 54th Avenue North and 28th Street North, followed by another funnel cloud sighting around 8:50 p.m. near 18th Avenue Northeast in St. Pete. 

At the same time, the National Weather Service also reported another waterspout just offshore of Coquina Key.

As of 10:30 p.m., there are no reports of damage.

Strong thunderstorms continue across the area and should diminish by midnight.

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