Weather alert: Flood watch issued for Manatee, rest of Tampa Bay

September 23, 2013 

Heavy rain fell Monday morning in downtown Bradenton. MARC R. MASFERRER/Bradenton Herald

MANATEE -- The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Manatee, Sarasota and the rest of the Tampa Bay region, as forecasters predict that as much as four to six inches of rain are possible through at least Tuesday.

The watch area covers Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Citrus, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Levy, Pasoc, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties.

The watch is in effect through Tuesday evening.

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

The Weather Service said a frontal boundary over Florida with deep tropical moisture streaming in from the southwest means chances for rain will remain high over the next few days.

Forecasters say there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in Bradenton on Monday afternoon and evening..

Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 87 and a low of around 78.

Similar conditions, including the rain, are expected for Tuesday, as well, according to the Weather Service.

Meanwhile, the tropics are quiet, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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