National Weather Service advises Manatee residents to go indoors because of storms

July 4, 2013 

MANATEE -- The National Weather Service is advising residents in Manatee and other area counties to go indoors immediately as a line of "severe" thunderstorms moves through the area.

At 3:56 p.m., the Weather Service issued a "special weather statement" in which it said radar was indicating thunderstorms located near Duette, or 15 miles south of Fish Hawk moving to the northwest at 35 mph. The storms will affect Fort Lonesome, Duette, Wimauma and Little Manatee River State Park.

The statement said the storms contain gusty winds of 35 to 45 mph. Also, frequent lightning is expected.

"To be safe go indoors immediately. If caught outside, find a low spot and stay away from tall objects," the Weather Service said. "Torrential rains will reduce visibility to near zero and will cause ponding of water on roadways."

The Weather Service said the storms will affect residents in northeastern Manatee County and southern Hillsborough County.

The statement is in effect until 4:30 p.m.

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