Flood Watch for Tampa Bay Area

Updated July 27, 2015, 10:20 a.m. ET

A flood watch is in effect for Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough,Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties until 8 p.m. Monday. Rainfall amounts are expected to be 2-4 inches through tonight, according to the National Weather Service.  There is a 70-80% chance of showers and thunderstorms today and Tuesday.

During the weekend, Jackson Road near Casey Road and a Carrollwood area backyard were underwater after heavy downpours in Hillsborough County (Tampa) on Saturday afternoon. Some 2.6 inches of rain fell at this location near Carrollwood Village on Saturday. The National Weather Service and local metereologists forecast a 40-70 % rain chance on Sunday.  Parts of  Brandon in Hillsborough County and Pasco County also were flooded, local news media reported this weekend.

11224474_863699097000892_4901424418752632080_nOn Sunday, Pasco County Emergency Management officials ordered a voluntary evacuation of the Elfers area near the Anclote River  because the river is forecast to reach 24.5 feet. Major flood stage is 24 feet.

Local metereologists say a low pressure system is just off the west coast of Florida and bringing rain with it to the coastal counties.

Tune into local television and radio stations for weather forecast updates.

Photo Courtesy: Pasco County Emergency Management, http://www.weather.gov

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