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Tropical Storm Debby Takes a Toll on Tampa

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Brad Mcclenny / The Gainesville Sun
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Associated Press

UPDATE:  As of 9:30 this morning Town ‘N Country Commons, the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, and Alderman’s Ford Park are inaccessible due to severe weather.

Residents of the Sunrise Village Retirement Home will evacuate today as a precaution to more expected rain. Since the area is prone to flooding The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will assist in the evacuation and predict to moving around 90 residents.

More road closures include Mariner Blvd. between Claymore road and Little St (heavy rain has reopened some sinkholes).

Spring Hill Dr., from California St. to Broad St., is also closed due to high water levels.

As Pasco County experiences severe flooding, the county has issued a Local State of Emergency but will keep courts and county schools open for business.

Residents are encouraged to stay home or, if they choose to evacuate, go to the Fasano Hurricane Shelter in Hudson.

There is currently a Tropical Storm Warning for residents in the Tampa Bay area.

There is a Tornado Watch in effect for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Citrus and Highland counties. The Tornado Watch expires at 2 p.m.

Florida experienced record amounts of rain Sunday as tropical storm Debby made its slow descent toward Tampa.

As of Sunday night Downtown St. Petersburg and Downtown Tampa got over 5 inches and 4.7 inches of rain, respectively. Coastal parts of Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando counties got 6-10 inches of rain.

Residents are dealing with extreme traffic delays as well as extensive wind and water damage.

The Tampa Police Department blocked off Bayshore Blvd and the Florida Highway Patrol closed the Skyway Bridge yesterday amid increasing wind and rain.

Air-bound travelers could not escape the storm either. Tampa International Airport canceled six flights and travelers dealt with 16 delayed incoming and outgoing flights.

The FLHP reported at least 18 whether-related wrecks on Sunday.

Residents of Mariner’s Cove Mobile Home Park had to evacuate due to heavy flooding.

Bright House Field and the Hyatt Regency reported flooding despite lining their buildings with sandbags.

The storm claimed at least one life as a woman and child were trapped in their home, killing the woman.

At 6:35 a.m. TECO and Progress Energy reported over 4,300 and 12,000 power outages respectively. 

The WUSF News team will continue to keep you updated on tropical storm Debby throughout the day.