Flood watch extended through Friday. Heavy rain caused road closures in Manatee

With rain expected to persist into the weekend, a flood watch has been extended through Friday morning for all of the Tampa Bay area, and some roads in Manatee County already are seeing flooding conditions.

Ninth Street West was shut down by Bradenton police Wednesday morning from 19th Avenue to 26th Avenue. By midday, the roadway was reopened once there was a reprieve from the rain and the water receded.

That stretch is prone to flooding, however, so another closure is possible with more rain in the forecast.

The National Weather Service extended the flood watch on Wednesday morning for the entire Tampa Bay area, including Manatee County, as thunderstorms are expected to continue to move inland off the Gulf of Mexico with heavy rainfall.

The ground is already saturated because of the rain the area has seen, so the additional threat of heavy rain is expected to lead to local area flooding and rising river levels, according to the weather service.

The stormy conditions caused several minor power outages throughout the county. One outage included the Manatee County Historic Courthouse, forcing the Clerk of Courts main offices to shut down for the rest of the day.

A sign at the front door directed the public to the annex location on the second floor of the Manatee County Judicial Center.