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Longboat Key residents advised to stay vigilant under flood watch


Areas of Longboat Key, like Gulfside Road, were still flooded on Wednesday morning, with more rain expected this week.
Areas of Longboat Key, like Gulfside Road, were still flooded on Wednesday morning, with more rain expected this week.
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Longboat Key officials are asking residents to remain vigilant as a low-pressure system passes through the area. 

According to the town, many Longboat Key areas have ground saturated with water, which may worsen later this afternoon and through the week. 

Flood watches remain in effect for Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Hardee counties until 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. 

The National Weather Service also stated that heavy rain is expected to persist throughout the week, and three-day rainfall totals could be up to 10 inches in some areas. 

Longboat Key’s alert system advised residents to monitor local weather, avoid floodwater, watch for road closures and stay in contact with neighbors and family. The alert also said that about 4-6 more inches are still expected, with high tide around 4:46 p.m. and an already-saturated ground on the island. 

In some areas of Sarasota, the Sarasota County Automated Rainfall Monitoring System recorded rainfall as high as 8.58 inches. Those numbers may rise throughout the week as the Invest 90L storm system sweeps through the Gulf Coast.

 

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Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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