Weather alert: Flood warning issued for Manatee River near Myakka

July 3, 2013 

MANATEE -- Part of Manatee County remains under a flood warning because of recent heavy rains -- and the forecast for more.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday evening issued a flood warning for the Manatee River near Myakka Head; the Myakka River at Myakka River State Park; the Peace River at Arcadia; and Horse Creek, also near Arcadia.

"Heavy rains in (Tuesday's) thunderstorms along with heavy rain over the past few days have brought the area rivers and creeks into minor flood levels," the Weather Service said.

Flood stage for the Manatee is 11 feet, a level reached Tuesday, and was expected to rise to 12.2 feet by midnight Wednesday before receding.

A flood watch is in effect for the rest of Manatee, Sarasota and other counties in the Tampa Bay region.

Meanwhile for Wednesday, the Weather Service was calling for mostly cloudy skies and high near 88.

The chance for showers and thunderstorms was 70 percent, mainly after 11 a.m.

Wednesday night, the chance of rain is 50 percent.

Similar conditions are expected for all of the Independence Day holiday weekend, according to the Weather Service.

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