MANATEE -- Though former Tropical Storm Erika is no longer a major threat to Manatee County, its remnants are expected bring plenty of rain to the area this week.
"There's a flood watch for Manatee and Sarasota counties for the rest of tonight and Monday." said NWS meteorologist Tom Dougherty Sunday afternoon. "It could be 3-5 inches (of rain) for today and tomorrow on Monday."
There will also be a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through Friday and temperatures will be in the 90s through the week, according to Dougherty. The rest of the week in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, he added, could have half inch to an inch of rain every day.
"There's still a lot of rainfall and showers and thunderstorms. Tropical moisture is coming up from the south -- that's what's going to give us shower and thunderstorms," he said. "We're in for a pretty rainy week."
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On Saturday, the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center deactivated, just a day after Manatee County commissioners declared a local state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Erika.
Still, Emergency Management Chief Don Hermey said officials will continue to monitor the remnants of Erika.
"The bad news is, we're going to get more rain, and we're already pretty wet out there," Hermey told local officials Saturday during a scheduled briefing.
Though rain will pour into this week, Dougherty said this past month's rain in the Bradenton-Sarasota area "hasn't been that bad."
"Only 4.42 inches of rain -- that's the total," he noted. "That's actually below normal for Sarasota-Bradenton."
Meanwhile, a new system, Tropical Storm Fred, formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean early Sunday morning, according to Weather.com.
Fred, which was located about 195 miles east-southeast of Praia in the Cape Verde Islands as of early Sunday afternoon, is expected to continue to strengthen over the next day or so and could reach hurricane status Monday as it moves to the northwest, Weather.com reports.
Lou Murray, a resident of East Manatee, said his side of town experienced some rain and humidity. Late last week, the 72-year-old community organizer said he was nervous about the chatter surrounding Tropical Storm Erika.
"I kept my eye on the news... tracking the storm to see which way it was going," Murray said, "and then I got a call from the (Manatee County) school district that they weren't going to cancel the schools (on Monday). The good Lord continues to spare us. It seems like He always comes through at the end."
Over on Anna Maria Island, Gayle Luper, owner of Bungalow Beach Resort in Bradenton Beach, said the area had periods of calm this past weekend.
"It was still a great beach shelling day and snuggling weather. It wasn't that windy, it was just more cloudy," she said. "We do expect more rain between Monday and Tuesday, but that is the price that we pay for living in paradise and I just hope that we don't get complacent."
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.