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More rain in the forecast for Tampa Bay after drenching

More rain is forecast for Tampa Bay on Thursday after parts of the region were hit with more than two inches of rain over the past day.

Thursday's forecast calls for about a 50 percent chance of rain in the morning, with the best rain chances coming before noon, according to the National Weather Service. The rain chances are then forecast to drop to 20 or 30 percent in the afternoon.

Thursday's rain chances will be lower than yesterday and any storms are not expected to be as widespread as they were Wednesday night, which saw a strong line of storms sweep through, downing tree branches and causing some flooding

Largo had among the highest recorded rainfall totals with about 2.82 inches. Lutz saw about 2.65 inches. Numerous cities across the county saw more than an inch.

St. Petersburg recorded 0.65 inches at the Albert Whitted Airport Airport. The Tampa International Airport saw 0.80 inches.

Rain chances are expected to drop to about 30 percent on Friday and this weekend.

The large amounts of rainfall are thanks in large part to a trough of low pressure hanging out in the Gulf of Mexico, creating winds from the south with and higher humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

More rain in the forecast for Tampa Bay after drenching 05/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 1:47pm]
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