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Some minor flooding reported in streets, rivers of Tampa Bay

Minor flooding was reported in some streets and rivers in Tampa Bay as the region recovers from a week of heavy thunderstorms.

Some minor street flooding was reported in Port Richey, but receded by early Thursday. In Hillsborough, standing water was also reported along Morris Bridge Road south of Cross Creek, according to Bay News 9.

A flood warning was issued for Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens in Pasco and the Little Manatee River in Wimauma through Friday, where heavy downpours throughout the week have triggered minor flood stages.

At the Little Manatee River, water levels reached nearly 13 feet, about 5 feet above normal levels. Cypress Creek totaled nearly 8 feet, about 1 foot above normal levels.

On Wednesday, .66 inches of rain were reported at Tampa International Airport. In downtown St. Petersburg, rainfall totaled .33 inches, Rude said.

Hillsborough residents will be able to fill their own sandbags at three sites starting Thursday at 8 a.m. Locations include 9805 Sheldon Road, 8718 Old Big Bend Road, and 4702 Sydney Road.

Less rain and hotter weather was expected on Thursday and Friday.

"We should be partly sunny" on Thursday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Rude. "Today is a little bit of a transition day."

A 40 percent chance of rain was forecast for Thursday. Some showers could form before the afternoon, Rude said, but will scatter throughout the day.

Some heavy downpours were forecast for the northern areas of Tampa Bay, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Temperatures will reach into the 90s on Thursday and winds will remain between 5 to 10 mph.

Some minor flooding reported in streets, rivers of Tampa Bay 08/23/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:08am]
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