Flood Watch issued May 25 at 3:04PM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay
DeSoto; Hardee; Highlands; Pinellas; Polk; Sumter
...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.
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY
The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay Area - Ruskin FL has
* 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
* 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.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
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.