Via Bay News 9:
The heaviest rains moved through the Bay area Wednesday as expected.
"We will still have some lingering showers/storms into Thursday morning, but then drier air will move in Thursday afternoon," said Bay News 9 Meteorologist Brian McClure.
The storms are coming from the Gulf of Mexico and moving east. Klystron 9 radar shows that some areas are getting torrential rain, which is coming on top of heavy rainfall yesterday.
The showers and thunderstorms are being generated by - of all things - a cold front that has dropped down from the Southeastern United States and high pressure that's situated to the south.
Rain ahead of the front is being driven inland by an onshore wind, and Klystron 9 shows that there's much more on the way. Already, some of the storms have packed frequent lightning and high winds.
Most parts of Bay News 9's seven-county viewing area got at least some rain yesterday. Tampa International Airport and Wesley Chapel received nearly 2 1/2 inches. Clearwater had 1 1/2 inches and one part of northeast Manatee County more than four inches, according to radar estimates.
"The rain showers will move out and skies will return to mostly clear by Thursday evening," McClure said.
The cold front won't drop far enough south to impact temperatures, but the rain itself will keep the afternoon highs in the 80s. When dry air returns Friday, the highs will soar back into the low 90s, McClure said.
"Much drier air will be with us for Friday resulting in a mostly sunny day and highs back to the low 90s," he said. River flood warnings
Heavy rainfall over the past several days combined with continued storms Wednesday and Thursday will allow for some local rivers to rise to flood stage over the next couple of days.
Although these rivers are currently below flood stage, they are expected to rise with steady rainfall through the end of the week.
In Manatee, a river flood warning has been issued for the Manatee River at Myakka Head from Thursday morning until Friday afternoon.
In Pasco, a flood warning is issued for the Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens from Friday morning until further notice.
In Hillsborough, a flood warning is issued for the Little Manatee River at Wimauma from Thursday evening until Saturday morning.