Originally Posted by Kettlewell
What's the marine forecast for winds in St. Pete?
I'm on the northern edge of Bradenton, right on the river (it's 10:20 AM here). They say this is the "worst" of it. I would estimate winds at about 20 mph, steady, with heavy to very heavy rain. I've heard slight occasional rumbles of thunder.
On the other hand, there's a tornado warning for southern Pinellas County (including Gulfport and Tropicana Field) until 10:30.
However, the tornadoes spawned by this storm are very small and not powerful, nothing like the midwest has said, although if you are in their narrow path they're going to chew up some trees, take shingls and such off houses, throw lawn furniture around, etc.
I'll take my work clothes in a plastic bag.later today but it's just not bad.
However, it's close to low tide, and the boat is where we are typically at high tide, so I'll be getting off the boat in the next hour to make sure I can and get to work.
By comparison Debbie was much rougher; instead of "gently rocking," the boat heeled several times in her slip aboub 30º. In the unsheltered slips near the opening to Boca Ciega Bay, the boats were rocking more like 45 - 50º. Was afraid boat riggings might get tangled, but those are small boats in that area and it didn't happen. However, the most exposed fellow there had a 20' Flicka. He put her on a trailer and moved her.