Pasco County, FL -- The National Weather Service/Ruskin (NWS) has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Flood Warning for the Pasco County area.
NWS is forecasting periods of heavy rain due to a stalled front across the northern Florida Peninsula. Widespread rainfall amounts of up to two inches are possible Tuesday on top of the 4-6 inches that fell Monday -- with locally heavier amounts possible.
SEE ALSO: Parts of Pasco County flood again
A river flood warning has been issued for the Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens. This will cause flooding on area rivers and streams over the next few days. With more rainfall expected, the County says flooding concerns could continue through the upcoming weekend.
These heavy rains will likely produce some minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas as well as the ponding of water on roadways. Residents living in flood prone areas or along rivers or fast flowing streams should be alert for any rapid rises in water level, and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding be observed.
As of this morning, there are no current road closures in Pasco County from this storm system. One road, Parkway Blvd. -- between Cascade and Dover -- where a culvert and bank collapsed from water damage on July 15, remains closed.
Pasco County Emergency Management Director Annette Doying asks that you be safe during this flood event. She reminds people, that when a flood warning is issued, please heed official instructions.
"Please don't walk through flooded areas," she stressed. "Just six inches of moving water can knock you down."
She quotes other safety tips such as, "don't drive through flooded areas, just two feet of water can lift and move a car, even an SUV. Keep away from downed power lines and any other electrical wires - electrocution is often a major cause of death in floods."
To assist residents in the protection of their homes the County has sand and sand bags at the following location:
* Pasco County Public Works Complex, 7530 State Street, New Port Richey
* C- Barn, 3908 Warder Road, San Antonio
Citizens must bring their own shovel and are limited to 25 sand bags per household.
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Source: Pasco County Government