Thursday, June 6, 2013

Manatee, Sarasota may be out of TS Andrea's tentacles

A National Weather Service warning about a tornado threatening parts of Manatee and Sarasota counties has been allowed to expire.

"The storm that produced the tornado has now weakened and is no longer capable of producing severe weather," the Weather Service said in an update issued at 1:15 p.m.

In earlier alerts, the Weather Service said a tornado was threatening Lakewood Ranch, Parrish, Duette and Myakka City, the latter of which was struck by a separate tornado early Thursday.

The violent weather was spawned by Tropical Storm Andrea in the Gulf of Mexico.

Most of the region does remain under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Thursday.

Click here for the latest on's coverage of TS Andrea, including a tornado that struck before sunrise in Myakka City. 

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