Storms increase overnight, flooding possible for Bay area’s morning commute

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Right Now

Only a few showers are affecting the Tampa Bay area currently. Expect to see more showers and storms move back onshore though after midnight and into Monday morning. Due to the extremely saturated ground flooding may occur more quickly. The rain chance for Monday is 60%.  A flood watch is in effect until Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties.

Latest Forecast

Heavy rain possible overnight & tomorrow morning, possibly causing Monday morning rush hour issues. On Monday the pattern continues with morning showers possible and about a 60% rain chance. Highs will be just below average in the upper 80s. Looking ahead we finally get into a more typical pattern of afternoon storms by Tuesday through next week. Track the rain and storms with the News Channel 8 Interactive Radar.

Storm Team 8 meteorologists are tracking the storms. Don’t forget to check News Channel 8 Today starting at 4:30 a.m. for the very latest on what to expect, so you’re prepared for the day ahead. 

Stay Off The Roads

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is urging residents to stay off the roads, but if you have to head out to use extreme caution in areas prone to flooding.

With the ground saturated from record rainfall in the area over the past few days, Mayor Buckhorn said more than 155 million gallons of water had moved through Tampa’s water system in the past 24 hours. Buckhorn said on a normal day, the city processes about 60 million gallons.

Residents in Tampa and Hillsborough County saw record-breaking rainfall this weekend. According to WFLA Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve, a new rainfall record of 3.89” was set in Tampa Saturday, breaking the old record of 2.6 in 1973.

Mayor Buckhorn warned that more rain was coming and that the water systems in the city were overwhelmed and urged everyone to be patient.

There is no way in the world that any system could’ve accumulated the amount of rainfall that we got in that short period of time,” he said.

Utilities

Wastewater pumping stations throughout the city of Tampa are over capacity due to heavy rainfall. Residents are reminded to stay out of standing flood water. Standing water will contain bacteria related to the wastewater overflows along with insects and other animals. CLICK HERE for more details on the dangers of the floodwater.

Residents experiencing a wastewater overflow on personal property (either yard or structure) should call (813) 259-1693 to report the issue.

Road Conditions

There are no major roadways closures to report at this time, according to Tampa City officials. However, flooding is expected to create challenges with road closures and traffic detours throughout the evening and for the morning start to the work week.

The next high tide for the area will occur at approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning which will impact drainage as motorists commute.

Gandy Boulevard and Gandy Bridge were closed early Sunday morning. The roadways reopened around noon, when the rain slightly subsided. The residents in the area are left with a massive clean-up. People who live at the Regency Cove on Gandy said that a drainage pipe was blocked and it caused the asphalt to cave.

Traffic was a major problem at a few flooded Tampa intersections. Motorists got stranded in water that was waist-deep in some areas near Kennedy Boulevard, MacDill Avenue Saturday. Many abandoned their vehicles at the intersections. Officials were urging the drivers to be careful on the roadways to avoid hitting the flooded cars.

In Pinellas County, the right northbound lane of Seminole Boulevard near 96th Avenue will remain closed as crews continue to repair the sewage collection system which is “stressed due to the excessive rain,” according to the county.

Debris Pick-Up

Tampa officials reminded that the debris pick-up services were available for the residents. You may place storm debris at the curbside for collection. Debris should be placed away from obstructions such as mailboxes, parked vehicles, fences or water meters. You can also schedule a pick-up by calling the customer service call center at (813) 274-8811 during business hours Monday through Friday, or contact the Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management online via the customer service request center.  You can also drop off the storm debris at the McKay Bay Transfer Station.

Sandbag Locations in Tampa Bay – Extended

As heavy rain flooded many parts of the metro, more than 4,000 sandbags have already been handed out to area homeowners. Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags must show identification verifying residence within the city limits. A valid driver’s license, utility bill, or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification. For those in need of sandbags CLICK HERE

 

Transportation officials have been trying to unplug storm drains so that high tides won’t cause more flooding in the area. Storm Team 8 meteorologists are tracking more storms that will bring more scattered rain and storms to the area Sunday evening and Monday. Click here for the latest weather alerts.

SLIDESHOW: Flooding In Tampa

Follow these safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Never drive through moving water or standing water. Standing water that is only two feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • If you can’t see the road, turn around. Floodwaters may conceal holes or dangerous objects.
  • Avoid walking in flooded areas or rapidly flowing water. Only six inches of fast-flowing water can sweep you off your feet.
  • If an area is barricaded, there is a reason. Find an alternate route.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Avoid downed or hanging power lines. Always assume the power line is live.
  • Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.

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