Strong thunderstorms that have moved through the New Tampa area have reportedly wreaked havoc on the rush-hour commute.
Patch intern Carlos Hernandez just reported a major entanglement at the intersection of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Fowler Avenue. In a tweet he said: "Intersection of Fowler and BBD is out and #traffic there is very scary right now. #Tampa."
Earlier this afternoon, the Tampa Police Department posted this message on its Facebook page:
Due to the weather, there are several intersections with traffic lights out. There is a high volume of calls in dispatch and officers are working to get to the intersections to direct traffic. Drivers are reminded to treat intersections with non working lights as a four way stop.
In a media release issued at 6:43 p.m., the Tampa Police Department reported these major intersections are without power, have only flashing lights or have debris in the roadway:
- 275 and Fowler Avenue
- Busch Blvd and Florida Avenue
- Nebraska Ave and Hillsborough Avenue
- Hillsborough Ave and Central Avenue
- Sligh Ave and Central Avenue
- Fowler Ave and 30th Street
- Sligh Ave and 15th Stree(tree in roadway)
- Nebraska Ave and Hanna Avneue
- 40th St and Hillsborough Avenue
- 28th St Busch Blvd (tree in roadway)
- Busch Blvd and Boulevard
The National Weather Service's radar shows a large band of storm activity still in the Bay area. There's a 60 percent chance of storms during the daytime and evening hours tomorrow, as well.
Have you had trouble on your ride home? Let us know where traffic is heavy and lights are out in the comments section.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 6:46 p.m. to include TPD's complete list of major intersections impacted with storm-related problems.