ISSUED: 3:17 PM DEC. 19, 2018 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM EST THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING... The Flood Watch continues for * Portions of central Florida, northern Florida, and west central Florida, including the following areas, in central Florida, Sumter. In northern Florida, Coastal Levy and Inland Levy. In west central Florida, Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Pasco, Inland Citrus, Inland Hernando, and Inland Pasco. * From 1 AM EST Thursday through Friday morning * Abundant moisture streaming over the area in association with a complex storm system is expected to produce heavy rain Thursday into Friday morning. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts will be possible over the watch area through the period. * The heavy rainfall will have the potential to cause flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas. Flooding will also affect roadways, rivers, creeks, and smaller streams. Remember to not drive across flooded roadways. Turn around. Don't drown. Residents living in flood prone areas as well as along rivers and faster flowing streams should keep alert to any rapid rises in water levels and be ready to move to higher ground if flooding is observed. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.