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Heavy rains wash over Tampa Bay

Rain fell across the Tampa Bay area Friday as scattered showers moved through Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.

"It's going to be kind of random," Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure said Friday morning.

A flood advisory was issued in Hillsborough County and expired at noon, according to the National Weather Service. The usual street flooding was reported in Tampa.

Several traffic crashes were reported in the Tampa Bay area. Just before noon, the ramp leading from southbound Interstate 275 to eastbound Interstate 4 was shut down after a car carrier crashed, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said. There were no injuries and the carrier was not holding any vehicles at the time of the collision. The ramp is now open.

The heavy downpour was receding from Hillsborough starting around 11 a.m., Bay News 9 meteorologist Mike Clay said, and headed into Polk and Manatee counties.

Heavy morning rainfall was reported in Pasco County, where a strip of Seven Springs Boulevard from State Road 54 to Jenner Avenue was closed due to flooding early Friday.

Drivers were being diverted to Mitchell Ranch Road until the flooding subsided.

Power outages that affected hundreds of homes were reported near Plant City and Lutz, according to Tampa Electric.

In Tampa, rainfall last month totaled 2.6 inches, half an inch above the average amount of rainfall in May. In downtown St. Petersburg, rainfall in May totaled 1.62 inches, 0.59 inches below average.

Rain was forecast across the bay area throughout the morning as showers shifted southwest to northeast. The temperature early Friday morning was in the 70s, McClure said, but will rise to the mid 80s.

Showers were expected to decline by Friday afternoon as eastern winds pushed the rain out of the area. Warmer and drier weather was expected this weekend, McClure said.

Heavy rains wash over Tampa Bay 06/01/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 5:51pm]
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