Flooding, outages attributed to storms

Saturday's heat was not record-breaking, however


Published: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:32 p.m.

It was plenty hot in Gainesville on Saturday, but not record-breaking or record-tying hot.

Meanwhile, heavy rain deluged some areas of the county late in the afternoon, causing sporadic street flooding and prompting a severe thunderstorm alert for a southeast section of the county centered around Rochelle.

The temperature hit 99 degrees, shy of the record of 102 degrees set in 1999, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

Friday's high temperature also hit 99 degrees, tying a mark set in 1952. Thursday's high of 98 degrees broke the 97-degree record set in 1981.

At 4:30 p.m., the Weather Service issued a severe storm alert for a patch of rain in southeast Alachua County that moved northward. The agency also issued a minor flood alert, noting that some areas of the county were expected to get 2-3 inches of rain.

About 3,200 people in northwest Gainesville lost power from about 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., said Gainesville Regional Utilities spokeswoman Margaret Crawford. Smaller scattered outages occurred elsewhere in Gainesville.

Gainesville Police Lt. Keith Kameg said no major weather-related incidents were reported.

The Weather Service is forecasting temperatures to remain hot - but perhaps not as hot as the past three days. Today's high is expected to be 93 degrees, climbing to the mid-90s through the week. A 40 percent chance of rain is on tap for today and Monday, dropping to 20 to 30 percent later in the week.

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