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Tropical Storm Emily dumps inches of rain on Tampa Bay

Posted at 5:42 AM, Jul 31, 2017

THE LATEST:

  • Tropical Storm Emily formed just west of Tampa
  • Gov. Rick Scott declared State of Emergency 
  • Downgraded to a depression
  • Closings and delays

Tropical Storm Emily formed in the Gulf of Mexico early Monday morning and made landfall near Anna Maria Island around 10:45 a.m.

The storm continued to move across Florida and was downgraded to a depression just before 5 p.m.

Forecasters say Emily should enter the Atlantic by Tuesday, with some slow strengthening in the forecast once the storm system is back out over open water. A tropical storm warning along Florida's Gulf Coast has been discontinued.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says that about 18,000 homes and businesses were without power due to Tropical Storm Emily. Scott said during a press briefing in Tallahassee, Florida, on Monday afternoon that most of the outages are in Manatee County, where 10,000 customers are without power.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 31 counties in Florida in response to Tropical Storm Emily. A state of emergency gives the state the flexibility to work with local governments to ensure they have all the resources they may need. Tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. At this time, there are no evacuation orders in effect. The Florida National Guard stands ready to assist with any storm related impacts. 

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Rain from Tropical Storm Emily caused localized flooding.

Meteorologist Greg Dee says he expects things to improve some by the afternoon and evening along the coast as the heaviest rain shifts inland through the day.

FLOOD WATCHES

Flood Watches were issued in Hillsborough County, Sarasota County, Lee County, Highlands County, Hardee County, DeSoto County and Pinellas County, but have expired.

 

 

 

 

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