Continuous heavy rain for over 24-hours has flooded homes, businesses, and roads across several counties in Northeast Florida. Bradford County has been especially hard hit with several downtown businesses in Starke reporting flooding from the nearby Alligator Creek. US HWY 301 was also closed in all directions early Friday from water over the road. Local emergency management officials told WRUF-TV that as of 2pm, portions of the highway are back open but more heavy rain could cause additional closures.
As of 10am this morning, the National Weather Service reported that 4.10 inches of rain had fallen over the previous 24 hours, which is more water than several local creeks and streams can handle. Additional heavy rain is forecast in Bradford County overnight which has prompted a Flood Watch through Saturday morning. The heaviest of the rain with this weather system has fallen along the First Coast, where more than nine inches has been reported in Saint Augustine. The following list will be updated as reports come in:
- St. Augustine: 9.66″ (as of 2pm)
- Palm Coast: 5.25″ (as of 10am)
- Starke: 4.11″ (as of 10am)
- Gainesville Regional Airport: 2.69″ (as of 10am)
- High Springs: 2.05″ (as of 10am)
- Ocala: 0.91″ (as of 10am)
The area of low pressure responsible for the flooding has stalled just off-shore of Melbourne, Florida and is expected to gradually weaken by Saturday. Until then, though, copious amounts of moisture will continue to be funneled into North-Central Florida with periods of tropical-like downpours likely through Saturday morning.