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Flood watch issued for Levy County

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A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service as the county is predicted to receive "in the neighborhood of 3-4 inches of rain" this week, Mark Johnson, Levy County Emergency Management director, said in a phone interview before noon Monday.

By lunchtime, Johnson had an update: The NWS was going to issue a flood warning and was predicting 3-5 inches of rain.

ccording to the NWS website, a flood watch means that flooding is possible during the next 24 to 36 hours. Residents living in flood prone areas should take action to protect property.

The weather outlook for this holiday week is calling for rain through Wednesday with some clearning expected Wednesday night, something that may put fireworks lovers on pins and needles.

Johnson said he has been in touch with the National Weather Service since early Monday because “a lot of stuff off the Southwestern Coast” of Florida looked worrisome. He says there's not much to worry about, except rain and some minor flooding.

“It's an upper level situation they are looking at that mimics a winter storm,” Johnson said. He said weather officials said it is not likely to become a tropical storm.

“And they said only in the amount of rainfall,” Johnson said. “We are on the outer edge of the heaviest rainfall.”

He said while flooding is predicted on some rivers, none is predicted for the Suwannee River.

Nonetheless, Johnson said his department is monitoring the situation for any issues.

“I should think the peanut farmers are happy because just the right amount of rain makes them grow beautiful,” Johnson said.

The Weather Channel forecast calls for rain during the day turning into a partly cloudy night on Thursday, July 4 when Cedar Key and Bronson are having fireworks shows. The Weather Channel forecast for Wednesday, July 3, is for isolated thunderstorms in the evening on Wednesday, July 3, when Williston holds its fireworks show.

The latest weather reports and notices about fireworks shows can be found at the Citizen website www.chieflandcitizen.com and on Twitter at News4Levy and on Facebook at the Chiefland Citizen page.