Tornado watch in effect for Sarasota, Manatee

Tornado watch in effect for Sarasota, Manatee

A National Weather Service forecaster said it's likely that officials won't be able to conduct a survey to determine if the damage actually resulted from a tornado touchdown until Sunday.

The National Weather Service issues tornado watches when tornadoes are possible in or near an area because of the weather conditions. "There's a strong possibility of strong damaging winds, but not to the degree we saw April 3", Pritchett said.

The rain is expected to fall between 2 and 6 p.m., Gerapetritis said, adding that some storms could linger into the evening.

Berkeley County Electric Coop reported 908 customers without power in Berkeley, 129 in Charleston County and 27 in Dorchester County. The weather service issued the watch at 10:10 this morning. Television viewers and radio station listeners and TV viewers should hear or see a simulated tornado warning message at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, schools, businesses, and families took part in a statewide tornado drill.

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Unfortunately, the storms did not bring widespread rainfall.

Potential for localized flash flooding, particularly along the coast during the times of high tide Monday morning into early afternoon.

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