NWS Tampa Bay has just issued a tornado watch for Sarasota County. A tornado watch means the conditions are ripe for a tornado.
The NWS, in conjunction with the Storm Prediction Center, has increased our risk for severe weather to “High.” This means we have a higher chance for high gusty winds, hail and increased, severe, long-lasting tornadic activity.
Timing of the weather, in our area, is roughly 7p to 1a.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses. Personnel working the evening and overnight hours should be especially mindful of changing weather and immediately seek shelter when necessary.
At 7:30 tonight a close proximity fireworks display will be taking place at a permitted special event in Heron Creek off of Creek Nine Dr. The show should last 15 minutes. Fire prevention staff, a fire crew and North Port Police are in attendance.