Tampa, Florida -- Most of Bayshore Boulevard remained closed today as flood waters pooled up again with the gusting wind and the morning high tide.
The afternoon low tide did not bring much relief to the area of Bayshore Boulevard and Swann Avenue which looks more like an extension of the bay than a scenic roadway.
10 News meteorologist Mark Collins says when you factor in the wind that continues to push the water onto land, the storm surge is at about 3 1/2 feet in South Tampa.
It's expected to taper off a bit as we head into 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., but pick back up with the high tide at about 7:47 p.m..
Collins says we can expect to see the flooding through tomorrow morning.
A car is still sitting stranded where a driver likely tried to tempt the flood waters in the southbound lanes of Bayshore, but flooded out their car instead.
Businesses along Bayshore Boulevard remained open for business, despite the rising waters. Those who have low profile vehicles simply parked up the street. Most of the flooding remained on the road, although it did creep up to the front doors of some residents closer to the bay.
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Tampa Police have barricaded the roadway from vehicles, but it hasn't stopped curious onlookers and joggers.
"It's pretty scary because this is such a small storm, just knowing that a bigger storm could come through and cause three times as much havoc is pretty unbelievable," said lifelong Tampa resident, Mary Baum.
Condo owners along Swann Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard spent most of their Tuesday morning sweeping out the muck brought in by the flood waters that lapped at their front doors. Bugs and frogs also came out in huge numbers, likely in search for drier ground.
The city is encouraging people and pets to stay out of the water because of unsanitary conditions.
The city tells 10 News the new trees planted along Bayshore Boulevard should be able to withstand the salty flood. Ali Glisson with the mayor's office says the plants are salt tolerable due to situations like we've seen over the last few days.
The water is moving fast as it tries to find lower ground, fast enough to knock someone off their feet.
It was a repeat of Monday as strong gusts of wind sent waves crashing over the balustrade, pooling onto the road.
The flood waters are several feet deep in some areas, even up to waist deep.
Bayshore will remain closed until the flood waters subside.