The tornado watch has been lifted for much of the Tampa Bay area, although one remains for Highlands County, after powerful storms moved in from the Gulf of Mexico.
A tornado warning, issued for portions of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, expired before 1 p.m. The tornado watch also extends to the east coast.
Some areas along the coast started seeing rain about 8 a.m., and the showers have gotten gradually stronger heading into the afternoon, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.
The region will experience pockets of strong showers, with some areas possibly receiving up to two inches of rain, and even a chance for damaging winds and hail as the system drifts east.
Temperatures will be in the low-70s today, with lows dropping to near 50.
The strongest showers are expected to taper off starting around 3 p.m., but the rain will continue into later this afternoon.
Some showers could linger overnight, but skies will begin to clear out during the day on Friday. Highs will only reach 72, but will set the stage for a sunny, pleasant weekend.