Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, strong thunderstorms produced a tornado in southern Sarasota County, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.
It touched down in the Myakka State Forest as an EF-0. Winds were estimated at 85 miles per hour. IThe twister stayed on the ground for about one mile, snapping trees and tossing a ranger station trailer 40 yards away. The trailer was destroyed. No one was injured.
The cooler air that moved into the region this afternoon behind the weather event is going to stay for a while.
It's the first in a succession of cold fronts that moved through the Tampa Bay area Saturday, itself behind several hours of showers and thunderstorms
The blustery conditions made the afternoon temperatures that started in the mid-60s feel cooler because of north-northwest winds of 20 to 30 knots. Strong northwest winds will continue ushering in cooler and drier air.
A rip-current risk and high-surf advisory continued through Saturday, as did a small-craft advisory.
Although Sunday will be sunny and much less windy, temperatures won't get out of the 60s, Kacmarik said, and that will be the case for the whole week: Highs will range from 60 to 65 degrees, with morning lows in the mid-40s.