Manatee County absorbs record rain Monday

HERALD STAFF REPORTSeptember 24, 2013 

MANATEE -- A record 3 inches of rainfall Monday sloshed past the previous high-water mark for the day set 66 years ago.

Tom Dougherty, metreorologist with the National Weather Service, said the Monday record topped the 2.67 inches that fell Sept. 23, 1947.

"In the last two days we've had nearly 5 inches, which is a whole lot," Dougherty said.

The record Monday was followed by 2 inches Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to be soggy, too, he said.

Tuesday's 1.98 inches, however, fell well short of the record of nearly 5 inches that fell Sept. 24, 1928.

Dougherty's forecast is for a gloomy Wednesday followed by a brightening weather scene leading into a glorious weekend.

"Wednesday looks like another rerun from Tuesday with a lot of stuff out in the Gulf of Mexico," he said. "Chances are pretty likely for showers and thunderstorms."

He called for a weather transition Thursday and Friday as rainfall odds drop to 20 percent and lead into a weekend filled with sunshine and temps above 80.

Year-to-date, Manatee County has received 48.64 inches, almost 4 inches above normal rainfall of 44.52 inches, Dougherty said.

Rain flooded some roads in Sarasota and Holmes Beach over the past two days.

Several beach roads were under water as of 11 a.m. Tuesday: 6800 to 7200 blocks of Holmes Boulevard, the 3500 to 3600 blocks of Gulf Drive, the 4700 block of Gulf Drive, the 2900 block of C Avenue and the 500 to 600 blocks of Key Royale Drive.

In Bradenton Beach, police say rain left a lot of standing water but no roads were out. Patrol units are monitoring the situation.

Manatee and the rest of the Tampa Bay region remain under a flood watch until at least 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Additionally, several waterways, including the Manatee River at Myakka Head, are under river flood warnings that have been extended until 8 p.m. Saturday.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Manatee River at Myakka Head was at 13.9 feet, 2.9 feet above flood stage. It was expected to rise to near 14.1 feet by midnight Wednesday.

The Weather Service said the river was expected to begin falling below flood stage by early Saturday afternoon.

At 15 feet, low sections of State Road 64, which passes nearby, begin to flood, according to the Weather Service.

Other waters under flood warnings include the Myakka River at Myakka River State Park, and the Little Manatee River in Wimauma.

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