TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Strong storms rolled through the Tampa Bay area overnight, damaging homes, closing roads, knocking out power to thousands of customers and leaving at least two people with injuries.
Officials say a woman was hospitalized after a tree fell onto her home in Pasco County. Another person was injured after a tree hit their home in Seminole. And a crane collapsed onto Interstate 275 in Tampa, but no one was injured. Several mobile homes were damaged in Pinellas Park, but no injuries were reported.
Many local agencies and companies were taking precautions for Thursday’s severe weather with closures and cancellations.
The latest on closures, delays and cancellations:
1:30 a.m. — Sunshine Skyway reopened after being closed due to high winds.
12:20 a.m. — I-275 Northbound reopened after a crane collapsed.
11:45 p.m. — A Severe Thunderstorm Warning extended farther east as this line races inland – Desoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk and Sarasota counties until 12:45 AM.
11:15 p.m. — A Tornado Warning has been issued for Manatee and Sarasota County until 11:45 p.n.
10:30: p.m. –A Tornado Warning has been issued for Pinellas County until 11:00 p.m. in areas including Pinellas Park, Seminole, and Indian Rocks Beach.
10:00 p.m. — A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas County until 11:00 p.m.
9:30 p.m. — A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Citrus County until 10:15 p.m.
9:20 p.m. — A Tornado Watch has been issued for DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota County until 3 a.m
6:30 p.m. — Northbound lanes on First Street in Winter Haven have been reopened and are flowing normally after power lines shut down traffic Thursday evening. There were no injuries.
5:30 p.m. — A Tornado Watch has been issued for Citrus County until midnight.
5:00 p.m. — Northbound lanes on First Street at Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven is shut down due to downed power lines. Drivers on Cypress Gardens Boulevard should expect delays and those normally taking NB First Street should find alternate routes.
Due to pending severe weather advisory, the City of Clearwater solid waste residential customers with Friday collection should not place their solid waste and recycling containers out until after severe weather has passed on Friday morning.
4:30 p.m. — Tampa International Airport said because of the severe weather in the northeast, which will be heading down to Tampa Bay,
4 p.m. — Portions of Interstate 10 have been closed due to wind-driven dust.
3:30 p.m. — High winds in Hardee County have caused several electric poles to fall into State Road 62, resulting in road closures from State Road 62 in Parrish to State Road 37 in Duette.
The Florida State Fair announced it will close early due to the threat of severe weather and highs winds at 5 p.m.
The City of Venice staff has closed all of Humphris Park located at 2000 Tarpon Center Dr. due to safety concerns from high winds and surf. The park and jetty walkway will reopen when conditions improve.
3 p.m. — The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was closed in both directions due to high winds exceeding 40 miles per hour.
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