A flood watch now in effect for parts of Suncoast

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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 3:54 pm

11 P.M. : More storms may develop in the Gulf of Mexico and move our way through Saturday. Could see an additional 1-2 inches of rainfall through Saturday afternoon.

5:18 pm: Record daily maximum rainfall set at Sarasota Bradenton ... A record rainfall of 3.11 inch(es) was set at Sarasota Bradenton Today. This breaks the old record of .97 set  in 1964. 

4:45pm: The Tornado Warning for eastern Manatee and northern Sarasota counties will expire at 4:45pm.  The tornadic storm has weakened, however the storm will continue to produce strong gusty winds and heavy rain over the next half hour.

4:21pm: The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a Tornado Warning for Eastern Manatee County and Northwestern Sarasota County until 4:45pm.

At 4:21pm, NWS meteorologists detected a tornado near Myakka River State Park, or 12 miles east of Sarasota, moving northeast at 30 mph.

The tornado will be near Myakka City by 4:40pm; 8 miles southwest of Myakka Head by 4:45pm; This includes Interstate 75 between exits 205 and 210.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: The safest place to be during a tornado is on the lowest floor of a building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows. If in mobile homes or vehicles, evacuate them and get inside a substantial shelter.


From the National Weather Service at 4pm: Funnel clouds are possible in Sarasota and southern Manatee counties. At 4pm, National Weather Service doppler radar indicated thunderstorms capable of producing funnel clouds along a line extending from 8 miles east of Sarasota to 6 miles southeast of Sarasota to 5 miles northwest of Venice, moving east at 15 mph.

This includes Interstate 75 between exits 191 and 217.

3:37pm: From the National Weather Service: Waterspout approaching the shoreline in Northwestern Sarasota County. At 3:37pm, NWS doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm with a waterspout, 4 miles south of Siesta Key, moving northeast at 20 mph.

Hazardous weather continues with this storm. Residents can expect frequent lightning, torrential rains, and gusty winds.

A waterspout that moves onto land becomes a tornado. Shoreline residents should remain alert and be prepared to move to safety quickly.

Stay tuned to ABC 7 for the latest weather updates from the Official Suncoast Storm Team, or keep an eye on the storms on our Interactive Weather Map.

2:55pm: From the National Weather Service: Funnel clouds are possible in northern Manatee and southern Hillsborough counties. At 2:55pm, NWS doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm capable of producing a funnel cloud 8 miles east of Bradenton, moving northeast at 20 mph.

This includes Interstate 75 between exits 217 and 220.

Funnel clouds can become brief, small, but dangerous tornadoes. Move indoors immediately and stay away from windows.

1:46pm: The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a Tornado Warning for Northwestern Manatee County in West Central Florida. This includes the cities of Palmetto, Bradenton, Northwestern Sarasota County, and the city of Sarasota until 2pm.

At 1:46pm, NWS meteorologists detected a waterspout near Longboat Key, or 6 miles south of Bradenton, moving northeast at 20 mph.

The tornado will be near: 7 miles southeast of Palma Sola by 1:50pm; Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, Bayshore Gardens and Bradenton by 1:55pm; Samoset, Ellenton, Palmetto, and 6 miles northwest of DeSoto Lakes by 2pm.

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