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Flooding feared from another day of pounding rain around Tampa Bay

Another round of showers could lead to flooding today after near-record rain fell on parts of Tampa Bay Tuesday.

The rain chance for today is 70 percent as thunderstorms from Alabama and Mississippi are expected to sweep into the area, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Mike Clay.

That rain will fall on ground that is already saturated from heavy rains that fell Tuesday. Some areas in Pasco and Citrus counties were drenched by up to 7 inches of rain.

By 10 p.m. Tuesday, about 3 inches of rain had fallen in Tampa, just under the city's rainfall record of 3.3 inches for Aug. 9, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

About 2.6 inches fell in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Linker said.

Portions of Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa were shut down shortly after 4 p.m. because of flooding. The lanes reopened about an hour later.

Police also shut down the southbound lanes of 50th Street between E Broadway and E Adamo at 6 p.m. because of flooding. The road later reopened.

Northern Pinellas County was under a flood advisory until 5:15 p.m. while Hillsborough County was under a flood advisory until 5:45 p.m. Southern Pasco County also was under a flood advisory until 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday's storms marked the most rainfall in the area since July 8, when Bay News 9 meteorologists recorded about 3 inches, Clay said.

The weather should return to more like normal Thursday and Friday, with rain chances of 40 percent both days.

Flooding feared from another day of pounding rain around Tampa Bay 08/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:25pm]
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