TARPON SPRINGS - The year's first named storm brought heavy rains, high winds and high tides to Tarpon Springs on Thursday, but, fortunately, little else to the city. Public Works Director Tom Funcheon wrote in an email Thursday afternoon that a small number of roadways had to be temporarily closed earlier in the day because of "flooding caused by abnormally high tides." Those closed areas were portions of Dodecanese Boulevard, S. Spring Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Some tree limbs and branches had to be cleared from city streets, Funcheon wrote, but no structural damage has had to be addressed by city crews as of his email received at 3:47 p.m.
Earlier in the afternoon, Tarpon Springs Fire Chief Rick Butcher said during a phone conversation that no calls had been received by the department in relation to the inclement weather. According to the National Weather Service's latest update for Pinellas County, tropical storm conditions remain possible into tonight. Southwest winds of 30 to 35 m.p.h. are predicted to decrease to 10 to 15 m.p.h. after midnight. Conditions are expected to improve into Friday, with the chance of rain listed at 40 percent.