Damage to buildings in Clearwater after bad weather closed the street and displaced tenants
CLEARWATER – An early morning storm ripped through the Tampa Bay area, leaving minor damage in Clearwater, including an apartment building and the Bank of America tower.
Cleveland Street is closed to all cars and pedestrians between Garden Avenue and East Avenue after the stucco on the Bank of America building, 600 Cleveland Street, fell off in Sunday morning’s storm. Wind gusts reached up to 60 mph according to Bay News 9.
Much of the debris falling from the Bank of America building landed in Station Square Park, causing the park to close on Sunday. City of Clearwater inspectors determined that the building had no structural integrity issues and that the damage to the building was only to the exterior stucco, according to Rob Shaw, a spokesman for the City of Clearwater.
In the 1200 block of North Osceola Avenue, a tree fell on a building, displacing four people from two separate apartments. In a tweet from the Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department, the damage to the apartments appears to be from the ceiling and a shattered window. Firefighters secured the structure on Sunday morning.
No injuries were reported in either incident, Shaw said.
Much of the Tampa Bay area was under tornado watch Sunday morning, including parts of Pasco County, Pinellas County and Hillsborough County, according to Bay News 9. Strong winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected for the rest of Sunday.
Sunday’s inclement weather will bring cooler temperatures. From Monday through Tuesday, the highs will be in the low to mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.