For the second night in a row, Pinellas County found itself under a tornado warning.
"We had that persistent east wind," said Bay News 9 Meteorologist Brian McClure. "It set up that perfect chance of scattered storms on our coastal locations in the evening."
As many as four funnel clouds were spotted in the downtown St. Petersburg area. There were also reports of waterspouts, off Coquina Key and Vinoy Park.
“One waterspout barely held together long enough to come onto the grass near the Vinoy,” McClure said. “There was a stronger rotation signature (on radar) down near the Skyway, but luckily nothing ever dropped out there as it was headed toward Tierra Verde.”
A house fire in St. Pete Beach was blamed on the storm. No other damage was reported.
In the middle of the storm, the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a water rescue, south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
According to an official at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez in Manatee County, a 45-foot response boat rescued five people and a dog who found themselves stranded after their boat became disabled due to a fuel pump issue.
McClure said rain chances remain the same for Wednesday and Thursday but the storms will be more inland and will start earlier.
"That's a pattern change we're going to be seeing the next couple of days,” McClure said.