Bay area downpour causes flood, low visibility

TAMPA BAY - The National Weather Service says torrential rains are expected to continue affecting central Hillsborough County, but reports of flooding and low visibility are popping up across many spots in the Tampa Bay area.  

Officials suggested that drivers find alternate routes to Bay to Bay/Bayshore Boulevard at 8 a.m. as the area was temporarily closed due to high water. As of 9:00 a.m. Bayshore Boulevard southbound is still closed at Bay to Bay, but northbound has reopened.

Other areas experiencing flooding include Gandy/Manhattan and Dale Mabry/Neptune.

In Pasco County, school buses could not get past the Mexicali St/ Ivory Terrace intersection due to flooding. 

A thunderstorm was reported near Brandon earlier Tuesday morning, moving east at 10 miles per hour, affecting Florida State Fair Grounds, Valrico, Mango and Seffner.

Gusty winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour are expected in that area and torrential rains hitting the Bay will reduce visibility in some spots to zero.

Drivers are cautioned to slow down and leave space between vehicles.

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