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Weather forecast: Tropical Storm Emily brings heavy rain, winds, flooding concerns

  • Tropical Storm Emily made landfall on Anna Maria Island just west of Bradenton at 10:45 a.m. Winds are sustained at 45 mph and the storm is moving to the east at 9 mph.
  • A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the west coast of Florida from Anclote River southward to Bonita Beach.
  • A State of Emergency was declared in 31 Florida counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia.
  • On the forecast track, the center of Emily is expected to move inland over Tampa Bay and central Florida today through tonight.
  • Emily is expected to strengthen back into a tropical storm once it enters the Atlantic early Tuesday morning.

Tropical Storm Emily is making landfall in the Bradenton area. Gov. Rick Scott has issued a State of Emergency for multiple counties.

@BN9: FHP reporting the Sunshine Skyway bridge is now closed in both directions due to weather conditions:

ST. PETERSBURG — 

Tropical Storm Emily made landfall on Anna Maria Island just west of Bradenton at 10:45 a.m. Winds are sustained at 45 mph and the storm is moving to the east at 9 mph.

Tropical Storm Warnings continue for the Florida Gulf Coast.

Emily is located 35 miles west-southwest of Tampa, or 179 miles south-southwest of Orlando.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. We’ve had up to two inches of so far this morning in parts of Tampa Bay. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches through tonight with isolated higher amounts possible. 

A tornado warning was issued earlier in the morning for Manatee County. It has since expired.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the west coast of Florida from Anclote River southward to Bonita Beach. This includes Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely within the warning area, in this case within the next few hours.

Winds are 45 mph though plenty of gusts were recorded higher this morning. A 65-mph gusts took place near the southern end of the Skyway. 

A State of Emergency was declared in 31 Florida counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia.

On the forecast track, the center of Emily is expected to move inland over Tampa Bay and central Florida today through tonight.  Emily is expected to move offshore of the east-central Florida coast early Tuesday.

Emily is expected to weaken to a tropical depression while it moves across the Florida peninsula tonight.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

The rip current threat remains high at area beaches and there is also an isolated threat of waterspouts/tornadoes today.

Today’s rain chance is 80 percent.

Emily will continue to push east into interior Florida and will likely weaken into a tropical depression later today. Emily is expected to strengthen back into a tropical storm once it enters the Atlantic early Tuesday morning.

The steadiest rain will remain on the right side of the track, therefore south of Osceola and Polk counties. However, some bands of heavy rain may lift in our direction with the greatest potential for this along and south of I-4. 

Weather forecast: Tropical Storm Emily brings heavy rain, winds, flooding concerns

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