MANATEE -- A river flood warning for the Manatee River at Myakka Head will remain active through Wednesday.
"Right now, Myakka Head will still be a warning until late Wednesday," said Paul Close, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "That's supposed to go down in the next few days."
As for the warning for Rye Bridge, Close said Monday it was expected to go down later that night.
"There will be some more showers and storms today but we're not expecting some wide, heavy rains like we've had recently," he said Monday. "The pattern has shifted a bit. The heaviest rains should come on the east side of the Florida peninsula. We're going to see storms but the heaviest side should be on the eastern side."
National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Barron said Monday night the flood stage of Manatee River at Myakka Head was at 13.43 feet. He also said the forecast for Tuesday will be "fairly similar to what we saw today."
"Maybe periods of rain, especially in the later parts of the afternoon, pushing onshore," Barron said. "It's going to be slowly and gradually
Barron called for a 60 percent change of rain Tuesday in Manatee County, which will linger into Wednesday and begin to taper off Thursday and Friday.
Early Monday morning, the National Weather Service said heavy rainfall over the past several days pushed several area rivers into minor or moderate flood stages. Warnings were placed on the Alafia River at Lithia, Little Manatee River at Wimauma, Myakka River at Myakka River State Park, Peace River at Arcadia and Horse Creek near Arcadia, according to the National Weather Service.
"With some rivers forecast to reach flood in the next day or so, any additional rain will only add to the flood duration and intensity," according to the National Weather Service.
Flooding at Rye Bridge, swelled by the release of water from Lake Manatee Dam, forced officials Sunday to close Upper Manatee River Road at Rye Road. As of 4 a.m. Monday, the Manatee River at Myakka Head was at 14.4 feet well over flood stage of 11 feet. At 15 feet, low sections of State Road 64 start to flood, according to the National Weather Service.
According to Close, patterns begin changing again toward the end of the week, which will lower rain chances.
"We have a good cold front coming this weekend so hopefully that will clear us out," Close said. "It will be a little cooler. It won't feel better until Sunday or Monday. It'll be more of the same until then."
Metro/online editor Marc R. Masferrer contributed to this report.
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