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Showers possible this weekend, but tropical weather has passed

Tampa Bay awoke to a calm and clear sunrise Friday with better weather on the way a day after Tropical Storm Andrea walloped the region.

The likelihood for rain will be 50 percent for today and 60 percent Sunday, according to Bay News 9 meteorologists. But the weather is not expected to be as severe as the torrential downpours and tornadoes Andrea brought to the bay area on Thursday.

"We're still going to have shower and thunderstorm chances, but the winds are going to be nothing like yesterday because Andrea is moving away from Florida," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

The tropical storm brought a record rainfall of 3.31 inches to Tampa, she said. The previous high was 2.69 inches in 1934.

St. Petersburg saw 2.37 inches of rain at the airport, Ruskin received 2.8 inches, and some spots from Largo to Tarpon Springs saw 4 to 5 inches of rain. Marquez said totals in the Port Richey area and Brooksville were 2.1 inches and 2.29 inches of rain, respectively.

Tornadoes in areas including Sun City Center and Gulfport caused structural damage and ripped up trees, and flooding was reported in a number of places, including Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.

Bayshore remained closed from Platt Street to Howard Avenue all Friday morning, Tampa police said. All lanes were opened between about 2:30 and 3 p.m.

Marquez said the tropical weather is over for now.

Andrea, which has been downgraded from tropical storm status, was located about 45 miles northeast of Norfolk, Va. with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as of 8 p.m. Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm was continuing to move northeast at about 35 mph.

Beachgoers around Tampa Bay should still watch out for lingering effects along the shore though. A high risk for rip current was reported in several counties, including Pinellas, through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures this weekend are expected to range in the high 80s, possibly touching the low 90s in some areas, Marquez said.

Little effect on beaches

Tropical Storm Andrea caused minimal erosion to Pinellas County's beaches, according to a preliminary report by University of South Florida researchers. Most of the county's beaches and dunes are still in good shape, said Dr. Ping Wang, a USF professor. But those that were already narrow, such as northern and southern parts of Treasure Island and Pass-a-Grille Beach, are now even shorter. "Basically, the impact is not significant at this point," said he said, adding that the storm had passed through the county so quickly, that there was not enough time for it to cause much erosion. Wang said he plans to survey the beaches next week to quantify how much sand had been lost.

Showers possible this weekend, but tropical weather has passed 06/07/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 10:51pm]
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