MANATEE -- The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Manatee County through 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service in Ruskin issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for northern Manatee County and southern Hillsborough Count.
National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated an area of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms over the advised area. Localized flooding is imminent or occurring.
NWS advised keeping children from being swept away in flooded ditches and drains.
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Floodwater are usually deeper than they appear and may stall vehicles. Just 1 foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.
Turn around. Don't drown, advises NWS.