Roads clearing after Isaac's morning of heavy rain
Flooding and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Isaac forced closure of several roads in South Tampa early Monday morning and delayed and canceled flights out of Tampa International Airport. Water on Dale Mabry Highway has receded enough to reopen one lane each in both directions from Neptune Street to Estrella Street. Bayshore Boulevard is open in both directions from Swann Avenue to Delaware Avenue. Church Avenue is also open for traffic between Henderson Boulevard south to Estrella Street.City officials say these streets will likely be closed intermittently as the day progresses. They were closed earlier because of flooding. Officials also closed the left lane of the westbound span of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. At least 10 arriving flights and nine departing flights at Tampa International Airport were canceled early Monday. More than two dozen others were delayed. Most of the canceled flights were instate, to and from places such as Fort Lauderdale and Key West. As the storm heads into the Gulf of Mexico it is causing a tornado watch until 9 a.m. Tuesday for several Bay area counties including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk. Schools throughout the Tampa Bay region are closed, as well as all of the campuses of University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College. Hillsborough and Pinellas said a decision on closing facilities on Tuesday will be made after assessing the situation on Monday. Parents should check with their school districts for the latest information.