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Flood watch, more rain for Tampa Bay area

The Tampa Bay area is under a flood watch through Tuesday evening due to the day’s storms that have dropped 4 inches in some areas.

The National Weather Service is predicting from 4 to 6 inches of rain through Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning in some areas, with the added possibility of localized heavy downpours that might produce flooding in low-lying and ponding on roadways.

About 13 inches of rain fell in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Pasco County, said Steve Jerve, meteorologist for News Channel 8. Many areas in the Tampa Bay area got from one to four inches of rain.

Jerve said the rain system will leave by Thursday after soaking the area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The weather service warns that the system could produce waterspouts, microbursts, downbursts, and tornadoes overnight, according to the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management.

Pasco is making sand bags available to residents at the Public Works Complex, 7530 State St., New Port Richey, and at the C- Barn, 3908 Warder Road, San Antonio. Residents must bring their own shovels and are limited to 25 bags.

There is a 70 percent chance of rain today and 50 percent chance on Tuesday, according to the weather service.

The weather service also warns that the storm system creates conditions for rip currents along the Gulf beaches for the next few days.

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