MANATEE — A tornado watch expired at 10 p.m. Tuesday for Manatee County and the rest of the southwest Florida area.
The watch was set late Tuesday afternoon due to the possibility of upper atmosphere wind sheer causing tornado formation, but it didn’t happen, said Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
Meteorologists were concerned about a warm air mass meeting a cold air mass, but there were no reports of any tornadoes in the air or on the ground during the roughly seven-hour watch, Wynn said.
“There are still some storms off to the west of Tampa, but nothing we view as a tornado threat,” Wynn added.
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The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for 10 counties Tuesday afternoon. Strong thunderstorms expected to begin just before 5 p.m. also did not materialize in Bradenton. The storms were said to hav the potential to bring hail, heavy lightning, an isolated tornado and winds of more than 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The rest of the week should be sunny but cooler as a cold front settles in the region. High temperatures should be in the 60s on Wednesday and Thursday before rising to the upper 70s by Saturday. There is no chance of rain listed through Saturday