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Rain could return after morning storms drench Tampa area

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Published:   |   Updated: April 30, 2013 at 01:44 PM

Early risers woke up to thunder and blinding rain as a strong line of storms moved in from the Gulf this morning, creating a treacherous commute, power outages and localized flooding.
 

 
Some areas saw as much as 4 inches of rain early this morning as an area of unsettled weather will take over for the next few days, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.
 
 
The storms also caused roughly 4,000 Progress Energy and TECO customers to be without power throughout the Tampa Bay area this morning, and the intersection of Bay to Bay and Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa was closed for about an hour before 8 a.m. due to flooding.
 
 
Most of the rain cleared the Tampa Bay area by mid-morning. But the pattern this week will result in afternoon pop-up thunderstorms – some possibly severe – and lingering rain overnight, with some clearing by mid-morning until the round starts over again.
 
 
Although the morning downpours have passed, there's still a 40 percent chance of isolated rain this afternoon, with a better chance of inland storms, Spann said.
 
 
Highs will reach the low- to mid-80s. Some rain may last into overnight, with lows in the mid- to upper-60s.
 
 

The pattern should last into the weekend, when the rain chances decrease.

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