Tampa Bay, which has been water-logged with more than 20 inches of rain since July 1, was doused with more than four inches of additional rainfall on Monday.
The rain, which caused flooding last week, continued to shatter records and showed little sign of relenting. The National Weather Service said a flood watch would be in effect through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
So far Monday, rainfall has exceeded four inches, blowing through the previous record at Tampa International Airport -- set in 1913 -- of 2.57 inches, according to Lindsay Milbourne, the weather reporter for MyFoxTampaBay.com. The National Weather Service predicts rainfall is expected to exceed five inches in some areas Monday.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office has been tweeting photos throughout the day of rescue efforts and massive street flooding.
The Pasco County Office of Emergency Management issued a mandatory evacuation order for flood prone areas. The Anclote River had already risen to flood levels and waters were expected to rise throughout Monday.
The heavy rainfall also closed down local attractions – including Busch Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo.
The flood watch is in effect for Pasco, Hillborough, Hernando, Levy and Citrus counties, according to the National Weather Service. A Red Cross shelter has been opened for residents.
At least 200 residents are also without power, the sheriff's office said:
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