Late-day storms, heavy downpours expected again in Tampa Bay area

TODAY:

With lots of moisture in the atmosphere, the late-day storms that develop have the potential to produce heavy downpours. Today’s rain chance is 50%, and the heaviest rain will be near I-75 in the early evening hours. Unfortunately, with the saturated ground, any heavy rain may produce some quick street flooding. The showers and storms taper off later this evening. Once again, it will be sunny for tomorrow morning’s commute, but the clouds build during the day, and there’s a 40% chance of afternoon rain.

FLOOD WARNINGS

In Tampa, Tampa police issued flooding alerts in the Ballast Point area from MacDill to Sheridan, on Hesperides from Paxton Ave. to Gandy Blvd., and in area of Himes Ave. and Hawthorne Sunday night.

Due to the most recent heavy rains, Hernando County experienced flooding on various roads Sunday night.  At the present time, the following roadways are closed due to flooding:

  • Cortez Boulevard (State Road 50) and Nancy Ave
  • Croom Road from Broad Street (US41) to McIntyre Road
  • Culbreath Road (hear the Pasco County line) still has some standing water

Flood warnings are issued for Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough counties. They expire at different times next week – please check our Weather Alerts page for the up-to-date information

SANDBAG LOCATIONS

Polk County opened these sandbag locations in the area:

  • Babson Park Fire Station 714 N Scenic Hwy, Babson Park, FL 33827
  • Caloosa Lake Fire Station 14684 N US Highway 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853
  • Cottonwood Fire Station 126 Cottonwood Dr, Davenport, FL 33837
  • Crystal Lake Support Station 2450 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801
  • Cypress Garden Station 2201 Register Rd SE, Winter Haven, FL 33884
  • Golfview Fire Station 2902 Florida 60, Lake Wales, FL 33898
  • Indian Lake Estates Fire Station 6221 Hogan Ln, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855
  • Jan Phyl Village Fire Station 333 American Spirit Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33880
  • Mulberry Fire Station 900 NE 5th St, Mulberry, FL 33860
  • Nalcrest Fire Station Nalecrest Rd, Nalcrest, FL 33856
  • Polk City Fire Station 200 Commonwealth Ave SW, Polk City, FL 33868
  • Providence Fire Station 8936 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809
  • Sleepy Hill Fire Station 3030 Sleepy Hill Rd, Lakeland, FL 33810
  • Solivita Fire Station 1201 Cypress Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34759
  • Willow Oak Fire Station 4210 Willis Rd, Mulberry, FL 33860

You can find some instructions on how to sandbag your home here.

Pasco County officials allocated funds to help the flood victims. Click here on the eligibility information.

On Your Side

If you live near water in the Tampa Bay area you likely know about flood insurance, but filing a claim requires a lot of knowledge and advance planning. Read more here.

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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