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Top 5 at noon: Tornado watch issued to Tampa Bay as severe storm approaches; Maryland high school shooting ‘contained,’ people injured; and more

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TORNADO WATCH ISSUED TO TAMPA BAY AS STORM APPROACHES

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of south Florida — including the entire Tampa Bay area — as severe storms approach the region. These storms could bring strong winds, isolated tornadoes and possibly hail once they reach Tampa Bay later this afternoon. With wind gusts predicted at around 50-60 mph, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and other spans across Tampa Bay could close if weather conditions warrant. The storm is predicted to arrive around 2-6 p.m., according to Marc Austin, a meteorologist with the weather service. Austin doesn’t expect the region will see hail as dramatic as that in Alabama. But he said the likelihood of hail is significant.

MARYLAND HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING ‘CONTAINED’, PEOPLE INJURED

A shooting caused injuries at a Maryland high school this morning, and authorities said the situation was "contained" as deputies and federal agents converged on the crime scene. St. Mary’s County Sheriff spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling says there have been injuries, but she didn’t know how many or the severity. She said she had "no information" about potential fatalities. The Baltimore Sun reported that a student said the shooting happened around 8 a.m. Terrence Rhames, 18, told the Sun that he heard a gunshot and saw a girl fall as he ran for an exit.

HILLSBOROUGH FIRE CHIEF AGREES TO RANDOM DRUG TESTING

illsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones has agreed to submit to random drug tests as he seeks to require the same of rank and file firefighters and paramedics. The fire union is voting this week on a new contract that for the first time requires random drug testing of the county’s first responders. Last week, Derrik Ryan, the president of International Association of Firefighters Local 2294, told the Tampa Bay Times that it would go along way to help employee-employer relations if the chief would join the rank and file in the bi-weekly tests.

RIVERVIEW MAN ACCUSED IN FATAL ATTACKS ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BAIL

A judge today ordered a man held without bail in a bizarre attack Sunday night at his home in Riverview that left his daughter and her mother dead and their 8-year-old son seriously injured. Ronnie Oneal, 29, faces two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, arson and resisting arrest in the deaths at the Royal Lakes subdivision of the Summerfield community.

BOY GEORGE AND CULTURE CLUB, B-52s, MORE COMING TO USF SUN DOME

The ‘80s package tour of the year? Quite possibly. A new tag-team tour spotlighting a handful of classic ‘80s artists is coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Among them? Boy George and Culture Club, the B-52s and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins. The show is June 30, and tickets start at $35. Culture Club may be a big unchline, but the band really can bring it live, Jay Cridlin writes, even in the 21st century, as anyone who’s seen their recent shows in Tampa Bay can attest.

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