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Flood Watch: Heavy Rain From Tropical Depression Nineteen Expected for Weekend

TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Depression Nineteen will bring heavy rain and the risk for localized flooding through the weekend. A flood watch has been issued for our entire viewing area through this weekend.

What You Need To Know

  • A flood watch is in effect for parts of the area
  • Numerous storms will move through each day
  • Storms may produce gusty wind, localized flooding, and lightning
  • Get the 7-Day Forecast

The combination of heavy rain over the last few days and more rain on the way means conditions are favorable for localized flooding this afternoon through this weekend.

A tropical depression crossing South Florida from east to west is responsible for the high rain chances going through the weekend. 

This morning will start off with partly cloudy skies, and isolated showers moving through cannot be ruled out. There will be moments during the day where you can get things done outside. 

The coverage of showers and storms will ramp up during the afternoon and evening. These storms will move from east to west and could be heavy with gusty winds, torrential rain, and frequent lightning. 

Storms on Saturday may have high rainfall rates and produce excessive rainfall over a short period of time. This may lead to areas of flooding. Do not drive through flooded roadways. 

Showers and storms will be widespread on Sunday. These storms could produce heavy rain that may lead to localized the flooding. 

The tropical system will be over the Gulf of Mexico at this point where it will likely be a tropical storm. Either way, it will be moving away from Tampa Bay. 

Boating Forecast

Boating conditions may be hazardous at times over the weekend as a tropical depression crosses the South Florida and emerges over the Gulf of Mexico. 

A tropical storm watch is in place for the Gulf waters.

During this period, expect showers and storms to ramp up Saturday afternoon as the storms move offshore. Winds will also ramp up.

Boaters should be aware of storms and wind this weekend, some of which could be on the stronger side. Storms can produce gusty winds, choppy seas, very heavy rain, and lightning.

Tropical Update

It is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and there are several systems to watch.

There are two tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean, Paulette and Rene. They are not near the United States. There is a tropical depression over South Florida. It will likely become Tropical Storm Sally on Saturday.

A tropical wave is in the eastern Atlantic and will likely develop this weekend.

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