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Tampa Bay thunderstorms should subside by Bucs kickoff, but showers will remain

Present along with more than 60,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday night will be a 20 percent chance of rain at kickoff.
Football fans navigate a light rain storm while walking to Raymond James Stadium before the start of the preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 14, 2021, in Tampa.
Football fans navigate a light rain storm while walking to Raymond James Stadium before the start of the preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 14, 2021, in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Sep. 9

If you were fortunate enough to snag a ticket to the Buccaneers sold-out opening game of the 2021 season Thursday night, you may want to grab a rain jacket.

Thunderstorms rolling into Tampa Bay from the Gulf of Mexico and are dropping large amounts of rain on the region, particularly in Citrus and Hernando counties, where a flood advisory was issued Thursday morning.

The thunderstorms are expected to remain in the area through the afternoon, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 Juli Marquez, but should shift to being just light showers by this evening. That means Bucs fans looking to tailgate may have their plans spoiled, but the game itself likely isn’t at risk of being postponed or canceled.

“For tailgating, there will be showers and a chance for thunderstorms,” Marquez said. “By game time those chances will be dropping and continue dropping during the game.”

There is at least a 40 percent chance of rain for Tampa between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The peak of the rain will come between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. when there is a 60 percent chance.

After that, the rain should lighten up. Government meteorologists say rain chances for the city will even out at 20 percent from 5 p.m. through midnight.