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More Storms On Way As Weather Service Issues New Flood Advisory

Thunderstorms are forecast to continue throughout the day as storms roll in from the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service has issues a new flood advisory for the Tampa Bay area as radar shows more thunderstorms ready to roll in from the Gulf of Mexico.

In a special weather forecast issued at 9:58 a.m. today, Aug. 10, for Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties, the Weather Service said more scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move southeast across much of southwest and west central Florida this morning.

The strongest storms will be in Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Rains of up to 3 inches per hour are possible with gusty winds of up to 30 mph forecast.

“Expect frequent dangerous lightning near the strongest storms,” said the Weather Service release.

There is also the possibility of numerous thunderstorms, heavy rain and gusty winds in the Tampa Bay area throughout the day with waterspouts possible over the near shore coastal waters, according to the Weather Service.

The heavy rains, which dumped more than 3 inches of rain in Brandon yesterday, Aug. 9, are already flooding some areas in Brandon with drivers urged to use caution on roads prone to flooding.

“We would advise drivers out there to use extra caution under these conditions and avoid flooded roads wherever possible,” said Patrick Murray, a spokesman for Hillsborough County’s Department of Public Works.

“Localized flooding is imminent or occurring,” according to a statement from the Weather Service.

The weather service advised drivers to exercise extreme caution with flood waters which are usually deeper than they appear and may cause vehicles to stall.

A single foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issue a new flood advisory for Hillsbrough County until 10:15 a.m. Aug. 10.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Hillsborough County.

At 2:46 p.m., the weather service radar in Ruskin indicated rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour with associated with thunderstorms over the area.

The advisory included Brandon, Temple Terrace, Plant City, Lutz and MacDill Air Force Base.

“We would advise drivers out there to use extra caution under these conditions and avoid flooded roads wherever possible,” said Patrick Murray, a spokesman for Hillsborough County’s Department of Public Works.

“Localized flooding is imminent or occurring,” according to a statement from the Weather Service.

Consistent and sometimes heavy rain had been falling in the Greater Brandon area since mid-morning leaving several roads flooded and water several inches deep in some places.

The weather service advised drivers to exercise extreme caution with flood waters which are usually deeper than they appear and may cause vehicles to stall.

A single foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

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