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Heavy Rain Soaking Waterlogged Florida

UPDATED 2:45 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologists, Andrew Rosenthal and James West

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Heavy downpours are soaking central and northern Florida today, but a drier and sunny weather will return to the Sunshine State Thursday and Friday. While the heaviest rain has passed, flooding conditions will continue to threaten the Interstate 4 corridor.

The rain is thanks to a stationary front draped across northern Florida. Low pressure centers have been rippling off the Gulf of Mexico, bringing tropical moisture into the Sunshine State. Rainfall totals since Monday have exceeded 3 inches in several places along Florida`s Gulf Coast.

Due to the copious amount of rain expected, Flood Watches and Warnings continue for parts of central Florida, including Sarasota and the Tampa Bay metro.

Up to another inch of rain is expected as the stationary front starts to dip southward into north-central Florida today. This will keep the focus for the heaviest rain on the Tampa and Orlando metros today. Some moderate rain will slide southward toward areas near Lake Okeechobee.

This will only cause standing water in low-lying areas. In addition, poor drainage locations may not be able to handle all the water at once, resulting in urban and street flooding. Remember, never attempt to cross a street with water covering the roadway. "Turn Around, Don`t Drown;" water is usually deeper than it appears.

The tail end of this stationary front will start to move southward at an increased clip on Thursday, bringing an end to the heavy rain threat for more and more Floridians. At the same time, the main energy will push into the Atlantic, also freeing the state from the grips of the heavy rain.

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