The remnants of Tropical Storm Emily — which was downgraded Monday to a depression after making landfall about an hour south of Tampa — will likely continue to drench South Florida through Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm made landfall on Anna Maria Island, on the Gulf Coast west of Bradenton, at about 10:45 a.m. It was expected to cross through the state and head into the Atlantic by Tuesday evening.
Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, blamed South Florida’s rainy weather on bands from the large storm.
Fisher said only about an inch fell in the Miami area, but rain will likely continue through the night and into Tuesday.
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Ahead of the storm, Gov. Rick Scott declared an emergency in 31 counties in anticipation of heavy rain from Emily.
“I have declared a state of emergency across 31 counties to ensure that every community has the resources they need, and that state, regional and local agencies can easily work together to keep people prepared during Tropical Storm Emily,” Scott said in a statement.
The heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding make for dangerous driving conditions, National Weather Service Meteorologist Larry Kelly said.
Here’s what officials suggest you do if you hit flooded streets:
▪ If a road is flooded, turn around and find another alternative route.
▪ Don’t put on your hazard lights
▪ Reduce speed to avoid hydroplaning.
▪ Drive carefully and be cautious of hazards like downed power lines or tree limbs.