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LIVE BLOG: Heavy rain floods Hillsborough roads, prompts cancellations

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Heavy rain is causing flooding in some parts of Tampa Bay. Some events have been canceled or postponed because of the weather.

Tampa Police Department officers are responding to multiple calls throughout the city about flooded vehicles. They remind drivers if you can't see the road, don't drive through the standing water.

News Channel 8 On Your Side has crews covering the weather in many areas. Here's a look at how the storms are impacting Tampa Bay:

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo (5:55 p.m.)

The Friday Extra Series scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday evening at Lowry Park is canceled due to inclement weather. The next concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at Lowry Park and will feature Diana Deiber and the Theatre Band.

City of Tampa (5:24 p.m.):

Due to high flows associated with the storm, there was an "equipment failure" at the Curran Wastewater Plant, which lead to an overflow.  Crews have already resolved the issue, say city officials.
No significant road closures of "arterial thoroughfares" as of now.  Residents should still use caution and avoid driving through standing water.  The City of Tampa requests that residents with a storm drain on their property check to make sure the drain is clear of debris.

Sarasota, Manatee Counties (4:46 p.m.):

Tornado warning allowed to expire at 4:45 p.m., per National Weather Service.  A waterspout was also spotted at 3:37 p.m. about 4 miles south of Siesta Key, moving northeast at 20 miles per hour.

Temple Terrace update (4:06 p.m.):

A tree limb fell onto a school bus at E Linebaugh Avenue & N 16th Street.  The bus was from Pizzo Elementary School.  The bus driver saw the limb fall, and slammed on the brakes.  The impact left a "softball-sized hole" in the windshield.  Officials at the scene tell us twenty children were on the bus.  There are no reports of any injuries.  Some students were transferred onto another bus and others were picked up by their parents at the scene.

Temple Terrace update (2:46 p.m.):

WFLA News Channel 8 Pilot-Reporter Judd Chapin flew over a flooded neighborhood in Temple Terrace. Busch Oaks Street suffered heavy flooding with water covering the street and the yards of homes along the cul de sac. An apartment complex that backs up to Busch Oaks Street was also flooded. Part of the apartment's parking lot appeared to have collapsed forcing a car into a depressed area.

City of Dunedin update (2:25 p.m.):

The City of Dunedin canceled its Sunset Music Series scheduled for Friday night in Weaver Park due to the weather. No information was released about rescheduling the event.

City of Tampa update (2:10 p.m.):

There is reported street flooding along Hillsborough Ave. east of I-275, at Rowlett and Sligh, and in south Tampa with roaming street closures. The City of Tampa requests that residents with a storm drain on their property check to ensure that the drain is clear of debris including leaves and trash. Residents can report all flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3010. To report tree limbs blocking the right of way call (813) 274-5744.

Sandbags are available to City of Tampa residents until 6 p.m. Friday at the following locations:
  • Himes Sports Complex, 4500 South Himes Ave.
  • Jackson Heights Playground, 3310 E. Lake Ave.
  • City of Tampa Solid Waste, 4010 W. Spruce St.
National Weather Service (update 1:46 p.m):

National Weather Service meteorologists detected a waterspout near Longboat Key about six mile south of Bradenton. There were no reports that the waterspout went onshore.

Hillsborough Avenue update (1:40 p.m.):

Heavy rain flooded the Tampa Wholesale Produce Market which is located at 2801 East Hillsborough Ave. Produce could be seen floating in the flood water. The market is divided up into four sections, Farmer John's, M.K. Produce, Tampa Wholesale Farmer's Market, and West Coast.

Lakeland cancellation (1:15 p.m.):

The City of Lakeland has canceled its First Friday event scheduled for Friday evening because of the rain.

Eagle 8 Hillsborough flooding update (1 p.m.):

Eagle 8 Pilot/Reporter Judd Chapin reports that Belle Witter Elementary School is flooded. The school is located at 10801 N. 22nd St. A couple homes are flooded due to a retention pond overflow one block south of Linebaugh at 5 Club Court. A retention pond has overflowed causing flooding to yards in the area of 22nd and 98th St. Yards are also flooded at 97th and 22nd St. and at East Annie Street and 27th. Judd says there is substantial flooding at 109th and 27th. Some apartments are flooded at 27th and 113th.

USF area update (12:45 p.m.):

Two strangers helped rescue a stranded driver near the University of South Florida. Tarsha Moore's Kia Rio would not start after she drove it onto flooded N. 30th St. in Tampa. She said she cannot swim and was afraid she would drown. Two strangers walked through the water to get to her and helped push the car to safety. Moore says her Kia just got out of the shop yesterday after a minor accident.


Palm Harbor & Tarpon Springs area cancellation (12:35 p.m.):

The Palm Harbor-Tarpon Springs Relay for Life scheduled for Friday evening has been postponed because of the weather. The event has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at Palm Harbor University High. 

Flooding at Middleton High School update (12:30 p.m.):

Students at one Hillsborough County High School were evacuated from their classrooms Friday when rain water started coming in. One wing at Middleton High School was closed. By noon, less than 2-inches of water remained on the floor. Tampa Electric was called to campus to turn off the electricity in the building. The students were moved to other parts of campus. The principal tells News Channel 8 they are still having classes in their new settings.

USF area update (12:10 p.m.):


WFLA News Channel 8 reporter Candace McCowan is at the University of South Florida where crews are working to clear clogged drains, which may be contributing to the flooding of parking lots and roads. USF's Commencement ceremony is still scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Tampa, north of Busch Boulevard update (12 p.m.):

WFLA News Channel 8 reporter Jeff Patterson is in a community north of Busch Boulevard in Tampa. He says there is flooding at multiple locations with flooded intersections at 99th Avenue and 109th Avenue. A retention pond on 99th Avenue has overflowed. Cars and at least one home are underwater.

Seminole Heights update (11:53 a.m.):


In Seminole Heights, Allison Overton and her father noticed cars stuck in flood waters in front of their home on Central. Overton's father went outside to help push cars from the water. The Overtons opened their home to the drivers they didn't know, while they waited for assistance, or for their engines to dry out.

Several cars were stalled along Central Avenue and Hillsborough Avenue after trying to get through the flooded streets. A BMW stalled in the middle of Hillsborough Avenue before I-275. With the rushing waters the driver was stuck until the water receded.

A Tampa fire crew blocked the northbound I-275 exit onto Hillsborough Avenue because of flooding. They likely saved dozens of drivers from stalling.

USF area update (11:45 a.m.):
A University of South Florida spokesperson says that some roads and parking lots on campus are flooded. USF commencement ceremonies scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. will go on as planned.

Tampa area update (11 a.m.):
Around 11 a.m. at Hillsborough Ave. and Hanna in Tampa, a Tampa Police Officer told a WFLA News Channel 8 crew that it’s the worst flooding he’s ever seen there. A woman who works at a nearby BP gas station said the roof was dripping and she’s never seen it that bad. She’s been there 20 years.


At around 10:30 a.m. Friday, high water flooded vehicles at these locations; authorities ask that you avoid the following areas:

TAMPA
  • Nebraska/Hanna
  • Bougainvillea/30th - Multiple vehicles flooded
  • Florida/Linebaugh - Multiple vehicles flooded
  • 22nd/109th - Multiple vehicles flooded
TEMPLE TERRACE: Motorists are asked to avoid the intersections of 56th Street at Fowler Avenue and 56th Street at Busch Boulevard due to flooding.

SANDBAGS are currently available at Hillsborough County Service Units until 5 p.m. Friday night. Pick them up at all three County Public Works Service Units:West Service Unit - 9805 Sheldon Road
South Service Unit – 8718 Old Big Bend Road
East Service Unit – 4702 Sydney Road

Sandbag materials will be available for residents to make their own sandbags. Each citizen must sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less.

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