Weather alert: Thunderstorms over East Manatee causing flooding

July 2, 2013 

MANATEE -- Bradenton and much of Manatee County are under a flood watch through Wednesday morning, as forecasters predict continued heavy rains, according to the National Weather Service.

At 3:30 p.m., National Weather Service doppler radar indicated rainfall rates of two inches an hour associated with thunderstorms over East Manatee and Sarasota counties, including Mkakka City and Arcadia. Localized flooding is expected in those areas until 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service says an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected through Wednesday morning, although locally heavier accumulations are possible.

A flood watch means that flooding is possible during the next 24 to 36 hours. Residents living in flood prone areas should take action to protect property.

The potential for additional heavy rainfall this afternoon and evening on top of total in the last few days has created a concern for flooding.

A southerly flow will help elevate the coastal waters, which will make drainage of lower-lying coastal areas more difficult, forecasters say.

For Bradenton on Tuesday, the Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 88 and southerly winds around 15 mph. Gusts could reach 22 mph.

The chance of rain is 70 percent, with showers likely all day and thunderstorms likely after 2 p.m.

Tuesday night, showers and storms are likely before 2 a.m. The chance of rain is 60 percent.

The expected low is around 74.

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