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Flood watch extended as more rain falls


Published:   |   Updated: September 24, 2013 at 02:48 PM

A flood watch has been extended through Wednesday evening as more bands of heavy rain work their way across the Tampa Bay area this morning.

From 4 to 6 inches of rain fell Monday in some areas of Central Florida, and forecasters with the National Weather Service say another 3 to 5 inches is expected today, more in some locales.

“This additional heavy rainfall will aggravate areas that have already experienced flooding,” the weather service said. “Residents living in flood-prone and poor-drainage areas as well as along area rivers or faster flowing streams should remain alert to any rapid rises in water levels and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding be observed.”

A flood watch means that flooding is possible during the next 24 to 36 hours. The watch covers counties in west central Florida.

It won't rain all day, but clouds will be around. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Over the past two days, deep tropical moisture has streamed in from the Gulf as weak areas of low pressure move along a stalled frontal boundary near the Panhandle, the weather service said.

The clouds will keep temperatures down, with the high in the mid- to high 80s and the low in the 70s.

Pasco County reported no road closures this morning due to flooding. However, low-lying areas or those normally prone to flooding could still experience standing water, according to a news release.

Pasco is making sand bags available to residents at the Public Works Complex, 7530 State St., New Port Richey, and at the C- Barn, 3908 Warder Road, San Antonio. Residents must bring their own shovels and are limited to 25 bags.

The weather service also warns that the storm system creates conditions for rip currents along the Gulf beaches for the next few days.

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