Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Heavy rains to swamp bay area

The Florida Division of Emergency Management on Saturday urged residents and businesses from Tampa to Pensacola to prepare for heavy rainfall and flooding potential through next week.

Emergency management director Bryan W. Koon says the National Weather Service is monitoring a developing weather system along the gulf coast and that the weather service "expects this to be a slow- moving heavy rain event which could last through Thursday," affecting portions of the Big Bend and Panhandle, where 10 to 20 inches were possible.

A flood watch is in effect until Tuesday morning for Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.

Between now and next Friday, areas just north of Tampa, including the coast of Pinellas, Pasco and more likely the coast of Hernando and Citrus could see 7 to 12 inches of rain, 10Weather meteorologist Kate Wentzel said.

The highest rainfall totals are expected along and west of I-75, Wentzel said.

The statement says the forecast calls for 10-15 inches of rain in locations from Tampa to Pensacola through the next five days with isolated areas receiving over 18 inches.

Flash flooding could also occur in areas that receive rain amounts in excess of 3 inches in a short period of time.

Pasco County and New Port Richey officials said Saturday they would start offering free sandbags to residents because of expected heavy rainfall over the next week.

Heavy rains to swamp bay area 08/06/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2016 10:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Forecast: Dry, muggy conditions for Tampa Bay before severe storms, possible tornadoes arrive ahead of cold front

    Weather

    Tampa Bay residents can expected a muggy, dry day Tuesday ahead of a cold front and a string of severe storms slated to arrive late Wednesday.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  2. Islamic State group claims responsibility for Manchester blast after Ariana Grande concert

    Public Safety

    MANCHESTER, England — The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs in the middle of crowds in Manchester, England, where 22 people died in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in the city.

    Emergency services work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured.  [Peter Byrne | PA via AP]
  3. Five recipe ideas for cooking with sparkling wine

    Cooking

    With high school and college graduation season upon us, you might find yourself stocking up on sparkling wine (if you don't normally). Though the obvious choice is to drink it all, you may find yourself with leftovers after all the parties are over. These five recipe ideas will use up that grad-friendly bubbly so …

    Sparkling Wine Risotto takes risotto up a notch.
  4. Florida education news: Budgets, principals, vouchers and more

    Blogs

    VETO TIME? Gov. Rick Scott weighs advice on whether to reject the Legislature's education budget. • Pasco County school officials