Soggy Manatee week to give way to sunny weekend

toconnor@bradenton.comSeptember 24, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Turn around, don't drown.

And take heart. The heavy rains characterizing the early part of the work week weather pattern will give way to sunshine as the weekend arrives.

With the occasional deluge overloading drainage in Manatee and Sarasota county streets Monday, officials were encouraging drivers not to test the unknown depth of flooded roads.

The Tuesday forecast calls for more of the same: soggy, sometimes sopping conditions with temps in the mid to high 80s.

In Bradenton, police monitoring common flood areas found no stranded drivers and didn't have to deal with any weather-related accidents Monday, said Deputy Chief Warren Merriman.

Merriman said Bradenton areas prone to flooding include Riverview Boulevard from the 1800 block to the 2600 block, the 300 block of Manatee Avenue and from the 1800 block to 2600 on Ninth Street West.

"Those areas typically flood during high tide and heavy rain," Merriman said. "But we have not had any reports of flooding or unusual accidents. For Tuesday, we are monitoring the radar and ID'ing the flood areas."

In Manatee County, spokesman Dave Bristow said the usual places flooded Monday but there had been no accidents or strandings.

Watery roadways fared worse Monday in Sarasota where flooded Sixth Street and U.S. 301 was closed north and southbound for about three hours in the afternoon as was St. Armands Circle. Closed roadways reopened roughly around 5 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department headquarters also experienced street flooding.

"Officers are encouraging drivers, if you don't have to be out driving, please stay off the roads," Genevieve Judge, partnership policing communications coordinator, e-mailed in a news release for the Sarasota Police Depart

ment. "Drivers are encouraged to find alternate driving routes if they come across flooded roads."

The National Weather Service reports the chance of Tuesday showers at 70 percent with a thunderstorm possible. Some storms could produce heavy rain. High near 88 with heat index values as high as 97. Tuesday night showers likely, too, with scattered thunderstorms after 9 p.m. Some storms could produce heavy rain.

Wednesday storms could produce heavy rain with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Thursday will be partly sunny with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation drops to 40 percent.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday forecasts call for mostly sunny conditions with highs in the upper 80s.

Terry O'Connor, night metro editor, can be reached at 941-745-7040 or toconnor@bradenton.com.

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