Thursday, September 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Forecast: Front producing heavy rain, flooding across Tampa Bay area

A strong cold front is producing heavy rainfall and spreading a large area of showers and thunderstorms across the Tampa Bay area as it it sinks south through the region.

The storms already have produced locally heavy thunderstorms, and woman reportedly was struck by lightning in Sun City Center.

Areas to the north are seeing the most severe rainfall, and primarily Levy County, where 2-4 inches had already fallen as of noon on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tampa Bay will be drenched by rain for most of the day as the front meanders south, with forecasters predicting 1-3 inches of rain in some areas.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for portions of the Tampa Bay area, including southeastern Hillsborough County, as the slow-moving line of storms have resulted in localized flooding in some areas.

They also could generate damaging wind gusts and hail.

Temperatures will be slightly cooler, with highs around 80.

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Tonight, storms and showers will taper off as the cold front continues south past Tampa Bay. Lows will drop to the upper 50s to lower 60s overnight.

Wednesday will begin with a chance of a few scattered storms with a 20 percent chance of morning rain. But by the afternoon, skies should clear, generating pleasantly dry conditions.

The rest of the work week should remain dry with temperatures rising to the mid to upper 80s under mostly sunny skies, forecasters said. Friday and Saturday would be perfect days to get outside and enjoy the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. Expect a sunny, warm day with temperatures rising slightly above average.

But a cold front could begin to sweep in by Sunday, forecasters said. The chance for scattered showers rise to 70 percent and last into next week, forecasters said.

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