Heavy rainfail is forecast to continue across the area through Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service extended a flood watch for Pinellas County through Wednesday evening.
Thus far, most locations around the county are reporting rainfall of 1 to 2 inches since the rain began on Monday, and more rain is on the way. The NWS predicts that as much as 3 to 5 inches of additional rain is possible in some areas of Tampa Bay through Wednesday.
An elevated risk of rip currents continues through 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and around structures such as groins, jetties and piers. NWS advises beachgoers to heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay attention to flags and posted signs.
Swimmers caught in a rip current should remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once away from the force of the rip current, you can begin to swim to shore. Do not try to swim against a rip current.
High winds and seas are creating hazardous boating condition for small craft operators through Wednesday. The NWS advises that a low pressure developing east of the state will continue hazardous boating conditions through the weekend.