Rains trigger flood warning on Santa Fe River


Raindrops collect on the office window of Shadow Health, an educational medical software development company, in downtown Gainesville on Thursday.

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Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.

Showers are expected to continue in the Gainesville region into Friday morning, and the heavy rainfall has led to a flood warning for the Santa Fe River.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville on Thursday issued the warning for the river affecting Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Suwannee, Gilchrist and Union counties.

Rainfall flowing into the already swollen river will cause the Santa Fe to reach flood stage at Fort White by Friday evening, according to the NWS.

The river is forecast to crest a foot above flood stage on Monday, the weather service said. The NWS advised residents near the river to monitor weather reports and be prepared to take necessary action to ensure safety.

The chance of rain Friday is 40 percent, mostly before noon. As the front clears out, temperatures will reach the high 50s Friday under clear skies, then drop to a low of 37 Friday night.

By Saturday afternoon, it will warm up to the upper 60s, with a low Saturday night anticipated to be 49. Sunday's high is forecast to reach 75.

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