Flood watch in effect for Suncoast

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The National Weather Service has decided to keep the flood watch for Sarasota and Manatee Counties through Saturday in effect until 4 p.m.  A complex storm system in the Gulf will continue to bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.

Although our computer models are showing less of a threat of flooding, we will continue to see some activity move through the area on Saturday. I don't think it will be nearly as bad as we saw on Friday.

An old frontal boundary and some more energy in the mid to upper levels of the atmosphere will continue to slide across the State. The actual front will be moving through later this afternoon and will bring a few scattered showers later today.

We saw 3-4 inches of rain in N. Sarasota and throughout much of W. Manatee County Friday afternoon. An additional .3-1" and possibly more in isolated areas cannot be ruled out. This additional rain will cause some minor ponding of water on area roadways making for hazardous driving conditions at times.

Some of the storms could be strong with gusty winds, and possible funnel clouds.

Bob Harrigan

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