Heavy rain soaked much of North Florida today, and it will likely continue for some parts of the region into the early evening. Slow-moving and strong thunderstorms, some with rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour, were to blame for a slew of flood advisories from the National Weather Service, and even a few flood warnings. The hardest hit area was southern Suwannee County, where a Flash Flood Warning has been posted until 5:15 pm. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches had already been observed when the warning was first issued at around 2:20 this afternoon, with the possibility of 1 to 2 additional inches falling by late afternoon. The communities of Mcalpin, Obrien, and all areas along US highway 129 were most susceptible to flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
2:30 PM UPDATE: Flood Advisories continue for Gilchrist, Alachua, Putnam, and northern Marion Counties until approximately 3pm. Dixie and Lafayette Counties were added to the advisory until 4pm. The heaviest rainfall was shifting southwest into Marion and Levy counties where rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning can be expected through 4 pm. Lighter showers are still expected for several more hours in the advised areas, tapering off in most areas by 7pm.