Stormy afternoon expected across Tampa Bay area
Expect a rainy afternoon across the Tampa Bay area today as a weakening cold front approaches then stalls across the Florida peninsula. The springtime cold front won’t bring much in the way of cold, however, as the muggy, warm conditions should prevail. Rain chances climb to about 50 percent this afternoon, with highs in low 80s and lows in the 70s, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said. Winds will get stronger as the front gets closer in the early afternoon, Spann said.Rains chances remain at about 40 percent over the weekend as the front stalls south of the Bay area, Spann said. The cold front is part of the same system that has brought tornadoes to parts of the Midwest and Deep South. Storms marched from Louisiana to Georgia on Thursday, causing major damage to parts of Mississippi, where a twister was spotted and one person was killed. Tennessee authorities late Thursday declared a state of emergency after a tornado was reported in Monroe County, in the southeastern part of that state. While tornado watches for the Atlanta area had been lifted by early Friday, they remained in effect in for parts of the Carolinas.