Heavy Rain, Flooding In Tampa Bay Force Evacuation
Heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding on the streets of the Tampa Bay area. Some roads have closed and airline flights were delayed as a result of the incident.
Intersections Closed, Flights Delayed
On Monday, major intersections near downtown Tampa were closed. Heavy rains and high winds caused 161 outgoing and incoming flights at Tampa International Airport to be delayed.
The Busch Gardens theme park was also closed for the day as a result of severe weather.
Southwestern Pasco, northern Pinellas and northern Hillsborough were issued flood warnings, which were extended till 4:30 p.m. by the National Weather Service on Monday.
Several businesses were also shuttered for the day as a result of the inclement weather, as reported by Bay News 9. These include the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office, Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey, Lowry Park Zoo and Hillsborough Community College (Brandon/Dale Mabry Hwy.).
The Montessori Academy of Temple Terrace will be closed on August 4, Tuesday.
The open viewing of TB Bucs practice was cancelled because of heavy rains. The next open practice has been scheduled for Tuesday.
The Tampa Museum of Art will be closed on August 3. It will reopen on August 4 if the severity of the weather conditions subsides.
Day and evening classes at Keiser University’s New Port Richey campus have been suspended for August 3. Further updates can be obtaining on the website at www.keiseruniversity.edu or the emergency hotline at 1-877-353-4737.
The flooding also caused Tampa Bay Ballet to be closed. All branch locations of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties were closed. Further updates can be obtained at www.bgctampa.org or by telephoning branch locations or 813-875-5771
The VA clinic in New Port Richey was closed at 2 p.m. and will reopen at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The National Weather Service recorded 3.78 inches of rainfall at the airport as of 10:30 a.m. Palm Harbor received 7 inches of rain. People trapped inside a swamped RV park were pulled out by sheriff’s deputies.
The residents living in a flood-prone area near New Port Richey in Pasco County, which received 6 inches of rain, have been ordered to evacuate. The evacuation order was issued by the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management early Monday.
Officials have warned that the Anclote River is expected to rise to 26 feet on Monday afternoon. According to Local 10, it is expected to reach the critical flood stage. The river’s record high water level is 27 feet, according to Charlie Paxton, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
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