Flash Flood Watch
Issued by NWS Tampa Bay Area, FL

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Tampa Bay Area - Ruskin FL
304 PM EDT Fri May 25 2018

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

.Newly formed subtropical storm Alberto over the northwestern
Caribbean sea this afternoon is forecast to lift slowly north
into the southeast Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and then toward the
north central Gulf coast during Saturday night into Sunday.
Abundant tropical moisture streaming north into the region on the
eastern side of Alberto will support widespread showers and
isolated thunderstorms over all of west central and southwest
Florida through the upcoming holiday weekend with locally heavy
rains and flooding likely.

FLZ043-050-052-056-057-061-139-142-148-149-151-155-160-162-165-
239-242-248-249-251-255-260-262-265-260900-
/O.NEW.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
304 PM EDT Fri May 25 2018

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY
EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay Area - Ruskin FL has
issued a

* Flood Watch 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 Saturday afternoon through Monday evening

* Abundant tropical moisture streaming north into the region on
  the eastern side of newly formed subtropical storm Alberto over
  the northwest Caribbean will increase the potential for heavy
  rain across all of the west central and southwest Florida on
  Saturday and continuing through Monday evening as Alberto lifts
  slowly north northwest though the east central Gulf of Mexico.
  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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