RUSKIN, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Hillsborough County in west central Florida until 8:45 p.m.
Meteorologists detected a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was located near Fish Hawk at 7:59 and moving northwest at 10 mph.
Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to Brandon...Plant City...TempleTerrace...Tampa...Tampa International Airport...Lutz...Apollo Beach...Lithia Springs State Park... Bloomingdale...Gibsonton...Riverview...Valrico...Progress Village...Mango...Seffner...Palm River...Florida State Fairgrounds...Orient Park...Tampa Executive Airport And Ybor City.
This includes interstate 75 between exits 246 and 266.
In addition to large hail and damaging winds, continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature’s number one killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
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