OLK COUNTY -- Strong thunderstorms drenched Polk County on Saturday afternoon as an upper level disturbance erupted over the area, allowing the storms to keep reforming and dump torrential rain.
Bay News 9 Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said the heaviest rain fell south of Winter Haven Airport to Lake Wales and east Haines City and Lake Marion. Central Polk County was under a Flash Flood Warning for several hours earlier in the day. The warning ended at 5:45 p.m. as storms began to dissipate.
Some Polk County viewers are reporting large accumulations of rain:
Brian Reed in Grenelefe / Haines City: "7.32 inches of rain today! Even our swimming pool is up at least 6 inches."
Also - you are comparing coverage of a storm anticipated 48 hours ahead of time and covered continuously over a 2 day track across the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine to a storm that appears to have lasted several hours in one county.
It's pouring here at my house right now and it wouldn't surprise me if parts of St. Armands Circle and Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island are flooded right now. Shoud I call the Media and demand they send a news truck???
People need to get a grip. It's Summer in Florida, you know, the "rainy season"...
6. Well Floridians keep insisting this is nothing to them.
They can dish it out, so they can take it too. I'll be nice and not mock the flooding as they did, and I'll refrain from giving Floridians a hard time while it's going on, as they did. I think that's more than fair.
Why should the media notice, that would be hype? It's nothing, we don't want them blowing it out of proportion, just to get viewers in Florida.
or other Floridians who have not acted that way - many have been very empathetic and caring. There's no broad brush and I was being sarcastic about how a certain clique here has been acting about Irene. Of course I do care about this flooding in Florida and I'm glad you posted about it to let us know.
7. This is what happens in the Summer in Florida, though
When I was much younger we lived in Naples on the East Coast of Florida (my Dad still lives on Marco Island). Every Summer like clockwork we would have horrific rains that had nothing to do with hurricanes - just typical Florida Summer Weather. We had a really low car back then (a Triumph TR6 that was my Dad's baby). I remember getting out of the car on 5th Ave in downtown Naples and watch as the knee high water started to get into the car.
We had a Tropical Storm here on the Treasure Coast in 2008 - Tropical Storm Fay. Ever heard of it?? Well, it caused widespread flooding all throughout the Treasure Coast. But nothing was ever mentioned on the National News about it - how do I know?? Well I work for the local NBC station - we covered it, but National NBC said it wasn't that big of a story - just a Tropical Storm, just a small town in Florida.
It's normal for us in Florida. It's not a normal activity to see flooding in Vermont from a Tropical Storm of any kind. It's not normal to see a Tropical Storm hit New York City. But it did and the news covered it - because it was news.
So that was around 1979. Flooding happens all the time in Florida. Especially when we have an overabundance of rain. We are at sea level. It comes with the territory.
This was my neighborhood during Tropical Storm Fay 2008:
This is the area to our local Sam's Club - couldn't get in or out of this road
The Florida National Guard had a tough time, too
This is Florida, though. We have gone through it - they have not. This is news when it happens somewhere else. If the storm hit here when it was right off our coast on Thursday, I have a feeling we may have been a bigger story.
So why don't you say what it is that you DO want? Do you want coverage, or not? You can't have it both ways. (Well you can say that, but you won't get it - because, a thing is not its opposite. Sorry to break it to you.)
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