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Bay area's soggy stretch of summer weather

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It's been a soggy start of summer for the Tampa Bay area, and experts say the rain isn't through just yet.

"In some places, the rainfall amounts have been close to 10 inches," FOX 13 Chief Meteorologist Paul Dellegatto said Monday.

The storms are packing some punch. One Seffner woman's home was nearly destroyed Sunday after a tree in her front yard fell.

"I heard creaking in the tree and all the sudden it let go and it fell and it smashed my porch and my car," Danise Hegerty said Monday.

Still, experts say our near-daily light show poses the most danger to people.

"Remember that West-Central Florida is the lightning capital of Florida, which is the lightning capital of the United States," said Steve Simpson of Manatee County Emergency Management.

Monday, a Manatee County mother and her two children were shocked by lightning after it struck a tree and traveled through the groundwater as they camped nearby.

Two people in Citrus County also say they were shocked, but not seriously hurt by lightning, while on a soccer field.

"Suffering from a shock effects your entire nervous system because you can actually get concussed," Simpson said Monday.

Arguably, the most show-stopping sight of this storm season are water spouts, caught recently in countless pictures as they ripped through the rain.

"You have to remember, we average as many tornados in Central Florida as they do in Oklahoma and Texas and Nebraska. The thing is, 99 percent of them are the same things we've had over the past couple of days, the quick little spin, the little funnel cloud. They're on the ground for maybe five minutes, and they're gone," Dellegatto said.

While it may seem like we've had countless water spouts this summer, experts say we're actually not too far from average. They believe we're just catching more on them on our smartphones.

Experts urge everyone to play it safe and ride out storms indoors if at all possible.

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