Flash Flood Watch
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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Tampa Bay Area - Ruskin FL
312 AM EDT Sat May 26 2018

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ALL COUNTIES IN WEST CENTRAL AND
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...

.Subtropical Storm Alberto will continue to slowly lift northward
into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico today and tonight then
toward the north central Gulf coast Sunday. Abundant tropical
moisture streaming over the area on the east side of Alberto is
expected to produce widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms
through the holiday weekend with locally heavy rains and flooding
likely.

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239-242-248-249-251-255-260-262-265-270800-
/O.CON.KTBW.FA.A.0001.180526T1800Z-180529T0000Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
Sumter-Pinellas-Polk-Hardee-Highlands-DeSoto-Coastal Levy-
Coastal Citrus-Coastal Hernando-Coastal Pasco-
Coastal Hillsborough-Coastal Manatee-Coastal Sarasota-
Coastal Charlotte-Coastal Lee-Inland Levy-Inland Citrus-
Inland Hernando-Inland Pasco-Inland Hillsborough-Inland Manatee-
Inland Sarasota-Inland Charlotte-Inland Lee-
Including the cities of Wildwood, Lake Panasoffkee, Bushnell,
The Villages, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Lakeland,
Winter Haven, Wauchula, Bowling Green, Zolfo Springs, Sebring,
Avon Park, Placid Lakes, Arcadia, Cedar Key, Yankeetown,
Crystal River, Homosassa, Hernando Beach, Bayport, Port Richey,
Hudson, Tampa, Apollo Beach, Westchase, Bradenton,
Anna Maria Island, Venice, Sarasota, Englewood, Port Charlotte,
Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel, Chiefland, Bronson,
Williston, Inverness, Brooksville, Spring Hill, Dade City,
Zephyrhills, Brandon, Plant City, Sun City Center, Parrish,
Lakewood Ranch, Myakka City, North Port, Babcock Ranch,
Fort Myers, and Lehigh Acres
312 AM EDT Sat May 26 2018

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...

The Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of central Florida, northern Florida, south central
  Florida, southwest Florida, and west central Florida,
  including the following areas, in central Florida, Hardee,
  Polk, and Sumter. In northern Florida, Coastal Levy and Inland
  Levy. In south central Florida, DeSoto and Highlands. In
  southwest Florida, Coastal Charlotte, Coastal Lee, Inland
  Charlotte, and Inland Lee. In west central Florida, Coastal
  Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal
  Manatee, Coastal Pasco, Coastal Sarasota, Inland Citrus,
  Inland Hernando, Inland Hillsborough, Inland Manatee, Inland
  Pasco, Inland Sarasota, and Pinellas.

* From 2 PM EDT this afternoon through Monday evening

* Abundant tropical moisture streaming over the area on the east
  side of Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to produce heavy
  rain today through Monday. Widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to
  5 inches with locally higher amounts will be possible over the
  watch area through the period.

* The heavy rainfall will have the potential to cause flooding
  of low-lying and poor drainage areas. Flooding will also
  affect roadways, rivers, creeks, and smaller streams. Remember
  to not drive across flooded roadways. Turn around. Don`t
  drown. Residents living in flood prone areas as well as along
  rivers and faster flowing streams should keep alert to any
  rapid rises in water levels and be ready to move to higher
  ground if flooding is observed.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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