Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather to Get Heavy Rainfall out of Its System by Weekend; Scattered Afternoon Showers Will Remain Possible, Meteorologist Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather to Get Heavy Rainfall out of Its System by Weekend; Scattered Afternoon Showers Will Remain Possible, Meteorologist Says

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Byline: JOE BLACK

Heavy rains that have been pummeling parts of the First Coast since the end of last week are expected to begin clearing by this weekend, forecasters said Wednesday.

While skies were sunny during much of Wednesday, afternoon and evening rains drenched the city, making it the wettest June 29 recorded in Jacksonville, according to the Times-Union's news partner, First Coast News.

At 10:50 p.m., 5.90 inches of rain were reported for the day at Jacksonville International Airport, making it the 20th wettest day in the county's history, according to the National Weather Service. And it still was raining.

But the day's total already had surpassed the average June rainfall of 5.37 inches.

The most rain ever reported in Jacksonville for a single day was on Sept. 5, 1950, when 10.17 inches were recorded at the airport.

Since the rains began building strength Friday, flooding has been reported in portions of the city, with Mandarin and the Westside receiving the most damage. The Westside has received about 1 foot of rain since Friday, according to First Coast News.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch until 8 p.m. today that extends from Brunswick, Ga., south to Ocala, including all of Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties.

Mary Carta, 46, of Mandarin said rain flowed up her driveway and into her garage Tuesday and also washed away much of the mulch she and her husband, Tony, had placed around the trees in their yard.

As she walked over plastic tarps that normally were covered with the wood chunks, she said people in the neighborhood hope the rain stops. Many already have taken time off work to clean up the debris.

"We can't move our cars or get through this neighborhood when the rain gets too high," she said. "I don't know how much more we can take of this. …

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