The heavy rain we saw earlier on Saturday has come to an end across the Tampa Bay area. Expect quiet conditions for the rest of your Saturday evening with lingering cloud cover, but low rain chances. Temperatures will be holding steady in the low 80s. Overnight showers will develop in the Gulf and begin to move onshore Sunday morning.
Skies overnight will be partly cloudy with a very slight chance for a shower and low temperatures in the upper 70s.
Sunday will be a partly cloudy day with a 40% chance for storms. The showers and storms will start in the our coastal areas during the morning and then drift inland a bit during the afternoon. High temperatures will warm to near 90.
Next week an onshore wind flow continues bringing a chance for more morning showers
To track the weather in your area, use our Storm Team 8 radar.
FLOOD WARNINGS are issued for Pasco near the Anclote River at Elfers and Sarasota counties.
- Bay to Bay at Ferdinand – westbound lane closed due to a 5-foot-wide depression in the road.
- Jetton from Sterling to Himes
- Morrison & Sterling closed southbound to Himes
- Mullen from Sterling to Himes
- Arctic at Willow
- Yukon from Dexter to Otis, due to large tree down
Hillsboorugh County is making sandbag materials available to the public Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., as weather conditions permit, at all three County Public Works Service Units:
- West Service Unit, 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
- South Service Unit, 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
- East Service Unit, 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City
Sandbag materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Identification is not required but each resident must sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less. Residents can call (813) 635-5400 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.
Pasco County and the city of New Port Richey have opened five sand bag locations after severe thunderstorms moved through the area Friday. The thunderstorms caused local street flooding near streams, rivers and low lying areas.
The National Weather Service estimates rainfall totals through Saturday of 3 to 4 inches are possible with a slight risk of excessive amounts of 4 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts possible.
Pasco County residents (limit 20 per household) in need of sand bags can obtain bags at the following locations:
- Fire Station #17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey
- West Pasco Government Center, 7536 State Street, New Port Richey
- J.W. Mitchell Park, 4025 Little Rd., New Port Richey
- C- Barn on 30906 Warder Rd., San Antonio
The city of New Port Richey has opened sand bag operations (limit 10 per household, must be city resident) at the following location:
- 6420 Pine Hill Road, New Port Richey. Sand will be available this weekend across the street from the city’s Fleet Maintenance Building.
All sand bag locations will be open 24-hours a day throughout the weekend. Citizens must bring their own shovel. Pasco Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather situation and could activate in the event of an emergency. No evacuations have been ordered at this time.
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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