Weather alert: Possibly damaging storms heading for Bradenton on Monday

Posted by HERALD STAFF REPORT on March 17, 2014 

MANATEE -- Possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to take aim at Bradenton on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms in Bradenton, and a 100 percent chance Monday night. The Weather Service early Monday said there is a "slight risk" the storms will produce damaging winds, heavy rains and lightning strikes.

"These storms will push across the Nature Coast during early morning, reach the Tampa Bay area mid- to late morning and spread across the rest of the area in the afternoon," the Weather Service said.

A lake wind advisory will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, with the most hazardous conditions on lakes south of Interstate 4, according to the Weather Service.

The high winds are also expected to create high surf and rip currents along area Gulf beaches.

Also, a small craft advisory is in effect through Monday afternoon on Gulf waters south of Tarpon Springs, which includes Manatee County beaches.

The expected high temperature Monday is 79, and the forecast low is 65.

There is a 50 percent chance of scattered showers on Tuesday.

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