Tropical Storm Emily is approaching the mouth of Tampa Bay, according to the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning remains in effect from the Anclote River to Bonita Beach, including Pinellas County.
Tropical Storm Emily is making its way inland across the west-central coast of Florida after making landfall on Anna Maria Island just after 11 a.m. A tropical storm warning remains in effect from the Anclote River to Bonita Beach, including Pinellas County.
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 31 counties, including Pinellas, to ensure local governments have adequate resources if needed.
Emily is expected to move inland over the west-central coast this afternoon and move across the central Florida tonight before exiting on the east coast Tuesday morning. Little change is strength is forecast and Emily should weaken into a tropical depression later today or tonight.
Rainfall of 2-4 inches with isolated amounts of up to 8 inches is expected along the west coast from Tampa Bay to Naples. Reports of street and road flooding have been coming in from Manatee and Sarasota counties near the Myakka River.
Tropical storm conditions are likely within the warning area through the afternoon. Tornado and isolated waterspouts are possible.