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Overdue rain is on its way to Tampa Bay area

Overdue rain is on its way to the bay area

Bringing overdue rainfall after a dry month, storms move into the Tampa Bay area today. The region will see a 60 percent chance of showers and storms throughout the day, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik. Tuesday's storms are more likely to loom in the afternoon, she said. Wednesday will be drier before rain returns again. "That's the big highlight of the week," she said. Average rainfall in March measures 2.45 inches so far, Kacmarik said, but only 1.6 inches have been recorded at Tampa International Airport this month. It's a stark contrast to last March, she said, which was particularly damp with more than 4 inches of rain. Higher-than-normal temperatures will continue, with highs hovering around 80 degrees.

SPRING HILL

Motorcyclist, 34, dies after crash

A motorcyclist died early Sunday after failing to make a curve, striking a tree and then being hit by another driver, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The name of the motorcyclist, who was 34 and from Spring Hill, was not released pending notification of relatives. The patrol said that around 3 a.m., the motorcyclist driving a Yamaha R6 was traveling near Pinehurst Drive and Talbot Circle when he failed to negotiate a curve. The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, struck a tree and was ejected onto the road. Brendan Sean Haverty, 34, of Spring Hill was driving a pickup truck south on Pinehurst Drive and did not see the motorcyclist in the road, the patrol said. He struck the man, who was declared dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation, the patrol said.

LITHIA

Fundraiser ended over stray bullets

Authorities shut down a church fundraiser Saturday after receiving complaints about stray bullets landing in a county park. A call came from Aldermans Ford Park around 11:30 a.m. reporting a bullet landing on a baseball field, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon said. Deputies found a church fundraiser nearby with shooting targets set up on 20 acres of private property, McKinnon said. They asked the organizers to move the targets for safety. But around 1 p.m., another call came from the park complaining about a second stray bullet that dented a truck, McKinnon said. Deputies did not find any bullets, McKinnon said, but shut down the event "just to be on the safe side." He said no one was injured and no laws were broken. Deputies were told the event was to raise money for a mission trip, he said.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

'Spring, Summer and Fall Bloomers' Florida-friendly gardening class: 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

PASCO COUNTY

Chasco Fiesta: 5 p.m., Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Free admission. Toll-free 1-877-424-2726.

Tobacco Health Fair: 4 to 5 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties, 15506 County Line Road, Shady Hills. (727) 233-8291.

Today's meeting

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

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