Gulf storm front good, bad for Levy

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3-5 inches of rain welcome, but risk flooding

By The Staff

The low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico that has brought spotty rains to the area is getting more organized and the National Weather Service at Ruskin has issued several notices of foul weather that will affect Levy County residents for today and the rest of the week.

In a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Southwestern and Western Central Florida the NWS is calling for widely scattered thunderstorms becoming more numerous by this evening and overnight, especially near the coast.

The main threat is that these may be strong storms with heavy rainfall, frequent lightning and a low risk of isolated tornadoes.

A flood watch is in effect for Levy County and there is expected to be some coastal flooding.

The threat of flooding may spread to area rivers onThursday as they absorb the heavy rainfall which will continue into the day.

The outlook calls for the foul weather to extend into the Gulf of Mexico which means winds and rough water. Small craft advisory conditions are up.

Looking to Thursday through next Tuesday, residents can expect showers and thunderstorms Thursday night and some may be strong. A few isolated tornadoes are possible. The additional bands of heavy rainfall — which could bring 3-5 inches of rainfall, possibly more in some spots — mean the threat of flooding in the county will continue.

A flood advisory has been issued. Residents in flood prone areas should take precautions to protect property and and be prepared for rising water.

Levy County's coastline will be affected with minor coastal flooding during high tides as water may be 1 to 3 feet above normal and rough sea conditions — including rip currents — through 8 p.m. Friday evening.

The storm front is expected to move north and then northeast to the coast.