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World's Top Storm-Chasing Destinations

world's top storm-chasing destinations: Tampa Bay, FL: Hurricanes and Lightning

Jeff Kinsey / Alamy

Tampa Bay, FL: Hurricanes and Lightning

The lightning capital of the U.S. is Tampa Bay, and it’s no stranger to hurricanes and waterspouts-turned-tornadoes either. Florida actually ranks number one nationwide in tornadoes per square mile. Though the Sunshine State is a storm-chaser’s paradise, the storms last only a few hours, so you can expect brilliant sunsets after a cloudburst. The historic pink Vinoy Renaissance’s new bay-view tower in downtown St. Petersburg is an excellent spot to witness fast-moving, cumulonimbus clouds and lightning. You can wait out the downpour while nursing a cocktail on the veranda’s wicker chairs (marriott.com; from $150).

When to Go: May–October.

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