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Flood watches issued; heaviest rain in southern counties

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Rain and flooding remains a concern for the Tampa Bay area, though the worst of weather is expected to stay in our southern counties for the remainder of the afternoon.

There were reports of knee-deep water in Sarasota, FOX 13's Lindsay Milbourne tweeted. At least 2 inches were dumped during the morning rainfall.  

The National Weather Service has all of west-central Florida under a flood watch, and through Wednesday night, we could see as much as 4 to 6 inches of rain.

SkyTower radar indicates the rainfall may stay south of Pasco County, but flooding remains a concern for all counties.  

FOX 13's April Kellogg was in St. Petersburg on Tuesday morning and reported minor flooding.  

In Brooksville, the National Weather Service says the intersection of Wiscon and Barnett Road was closed due to flooding over the roadway. Several other roads in Hernando County have been closed. Sparkman Lake overflowed its banks into an RV park.

In DeSoto County, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the Peace River, where officials fear water levels could rise to 16 feet.  

In Pasco and Hardee County, they are making sandbags available. Low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage could experience minor flooding, the NWS said.

The sandbags are available at the Pasco County Public Works Complex, 7530 State Street, in New Port Richey. They say there is a limit of 25 bags per resident. In Hardee, sandbags are available at 207 Hanchey Road in Wauchula.

Traffic was an issue throughout the morning. There were numerous accidents, the most serious being an orange juice truck that turned on its side, causing a major backup on the ramp from I-4 to I-275. There were no reported injuries.

Another accident caused delays on the Courtney Campbell, and Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a combination of wet roads and speed led to a fatal accident in St. Petersburg.

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