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Drier Weather Finally Returns to Soggy Florida

Following as much as 7.00 inches of rain since last weekend, drier days are in store for Florida.

High pressure from the Northeast continues to expand, bringing the opportunity for less rain and more sun.

While a few storms will still be in the forecast, the tropical low that brought the torrential downpours and high rain totals will move off to the east just in time for the weekend.

Some areas received significant rain amounts this week. Sarasota, Fla., was among the most heavily hit, totaling 6.90 inches of rain Monday through Wednesday. Fort Myers reached 5.82 inches in that time, while Tampa reported 4.79 inches of rain in 72 hours.

The tropical rains that invaded Florida were a contributing factor to the rain surplus some places will have at the end of the month, while also causing flooding woes for some communities.

Lee County, which encompasses Fort Myers, reported street flooding as early as Monday evening after picking up 3.24 inches of rain. Almost another 3 inches fell the next two days.

In Hernando County, north of Tampa, Sparkman Lake overflowed its banks and roadways were underwater.

Marion County, near Gainesville, received about 2.50 inches of rain in only an hour's time.

Cities such as Naples and Miami have received about twice the normal amount of rainfall for the month.

While there have been some extremely high rainfall totals in some places across the Southeast this September, not everywhere has received more rain than usual.

Tallahassee and Jacksonville have received below-average rainfall for this time in September.

Outside of Florida, Atlanta, Ga., remains below the typical rainfall for September by about an inch. Removing the rain from this recent surge in tropical moisture, the city has seen less than an inch of rain all month.