Heavy rain has been inundating portions of Florida this week as tropical moisture continues to interact with a nearly stationary trough of low pressure. As is typical for Florida, expect showers to be mainly offshore through the mid-morning, before daytime heating helps shift the wind to draw showers inland. This will remain the pattern through the next several days. Gusty winds could be strong enough to create downed trees at times, so stay aware of any severe thunderstorm warnings.
Although flooding will remain a threat, the rain will be beneficial for portions of the state experiencing drought, especially the Sarasota area. The latest drought monitor, released on Thursday, September 28th shows no major improvement to the drought conditions in the region. In fact, drought has worsened around the panhandle, up into the "severe" level.