Manatee County is under a tornado watch at this hour until 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
These Florida counties also are under a tornado watch: Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Desoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter and Volusia.
A low-pressure system lifting northeast has the area also under a coastal flood watch and a high surf advisory.
Coastal points north of Pinellas County are seeing strong storms at this hour. Those storms are expected to spread southeast throughout the night.
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Manatee residents can expect gusty winds, heavy rainfall and occasional lightning associated with these showers.