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Classic sea breeze collision results in Manatee County downpours; flood advisory on until 8:45 p.m.

MANATEE COUNTY -- Bradenton received little more than three-quarters of an inch of rain and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport was pelted by little more than 1 inch Tuesday thanks to cooling early evening storms.

A flood advisory is posted for most of the Manatee County area until 8:45 p.m.

The sea breeze collision took place directly over Tampa Bay, resulting in classic summer thunderstorms. The storms produced heavy rain in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas County.

One-inch hail was reported in the Citrus Park area. Heavy downpours are being reported in parts of Pinellas County, where there were reports earlier of pea-size hail.

"The lightning was intense along with gusty winds and even some small pea size hail in some spots. Most reports of small hail came in from southern St. Pete," said Bay News 9 Meteorologist Brian McClure.

Monday was the hottest day of the year in Tampa before Tueday. It was 95 in Tampa before the storms started -- a new record high, breaking the old record of 94 for this date in 2002.

There's a 30 percent chance of rain Wednesday.

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