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Thunderstorms to Make Repeat Appearance Today

Their strength might not mirror yesterday’s storms.

Tampa police this morning are inspecting the intersections snarled by Tuesday’s storms to be sure the problems are corrected.

The police department said drivers should keep an eye out around the areas where lights were blinking and limps sprawled over roads Tuesday afternoon.

"Hopefully they'll all be working already," said Janelle McGregor, Tampa Police Department spokeswoman.

The Tampa Police Department said Tuesday these intersections had either no power, flashing lights or debris:

  • Interstate 275 and Fowler Avenue
  • Busch Boulevard and Florida Avenue
  • Nebraska Avenue and Hillsborough Avenue
  • Hillsborough Avenue and Central Avenue
  • Sligh Avenue and Central Avenue
  • Fowler Avenue and 30th Street
  • Sligh Avenue and 15th Street (tree in roadway)
  • Nebraska Avenue and Hanna Avenue
  • 40th Street and Hillsborough Avenue
  • 28th Street and Busch Boulevard (tree in roadway)
  • Busch Boulevard and Boulevard

There's a chance those intersections could be hit again as another round of thunderstorms is highly likely this afternoon.

However, forecasters don't think the storms will have the same punch as Tuesday and some are already firing up around Ft. Myers, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ernie Jilison. Those will work their way into the Tampa Bay area this afternoon, possibly quicker than on Tuesday.

“I do think we’ll see plenty of showers this afternoon and some of them could be strong,” Jillson said. “(There’s) a pretty good batch of moisture coming up from South Florida. (We’ll get) an earlier start today.”

Some of today's storms have the potential for a repeat of Tuesday when thunderstorms , felled trees in neighborhoods such as Seminole Heights and drenched the rush-hour commute for some motorists.

“The potential for damage is the same as yesterday,” said Tyler Fleming, National Weather Service meteorologist. The storms will probably cover the entire Tampa Bay area, he said.

The same weather conditions exist today as did Tuesday, when what meteorologists call a disturbance in the atmosphere juiced up the storms from the normal afternoon variety to the kind that snapped trees and spawned waterspouts.

Damage reports to the weather service tracked yesterday's storms from Manatee County, through Hillsborough and Pasco, then into Hernando with pea-size hail seen in Palmetto just before 4 p.m.:

4 p.m. to 5 p .m. Power poles down around Faulkenberg Road and State Road 60 and golf ball size hail in Town & Country.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Waterspout northeast of Safety Harbor

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Trees down on Old Pasco Road two miles northwest of Wesley Chapel and trees knocked down around Spring Lake in Hernando County

The weather service puts rain chances for today at 60 percent through tonight with the best likelihood for thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

For a complete look at the forecast for New Tampa, visit the National Weather Service online.

Stay with Patch for updates about the weather as they become available.

How did your neighborhood fare during yesterday’s storms? Let us know in the comments section.

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