More Rain Expected For Tampa Bay Area

TB_rain_2013TAMPA — Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has closed ahead of schedule today because of the rain.

A message on the zoo’s phone system says it closed because of inclement weather and will reopen Wednesday morning.

The closing was one of a handful of events being driven by several days of rain across the Tampa region.

Hillsborough County’s Little Manatee River is expected to reach flood stage at about 8 p.m. today and crest about 24 hours later, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The river is currently running at 10.2 feet at Wimauma. Flood stage is 11 feet, said Nicole Carlisle, a weather service forecaster.

The weather service has issued flood watches for inland areas where water accumulates. The region has had upwards of 2 inches over the last two days. Another inch or two is expected Wednesday.



Source: TBO