Torrential Downpours in Tampa, Florida

July 9, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
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Driving conditions were hazardous due to heavy rainfall in Tampa today.

"Winds converging near or along the coast brought rain and thunderstorms yesterday and today."


It's raining buckets in Tampa, Fl.

"An area of low pressure off the eastern Gulf of Mexico has helped funnel deep moisture in to western Florida," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. "Winds converging near or along the coast brought rain and thunderstorms yesterday and today."

The rain was primarily focused on the western coast of Florida, and it hit Tampa especially hard.

"Weak tropical features can bring large amounts of rain over larger areas while a tropical storm or hurricane could have made a smaller, more concentrated area of precipitation," added Kottlowski.

While rains will still continue to be strong tonight, they will lessen as early as the beginning of next week.

"We're still going to see moderate to heavy rain in Tampa tomorrow, but patterns should begin changing so precipitation will be less concentrated through next week," said Kottlowski.

Over five inches of rain have fallen in parts of Tampa, Florida including Peter O. Knight Airport and MacDill Air Force Base in the past 36 hours.

Even though it's not overly common, this is something that happens this time of year. Residents should expect relief over the next few days.

Video courtesy of Audra Clayton.

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