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Photos: The aftermath of Hurricane Idalia in the Tampa Bay area

Flooding in Safety Harbor
Jessica Meszaros
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WUSF Public Media

Hurricane Idalia may have largely bypassed West Central Florida, but its impact was felt by storm surge that left roads flooded across the region.

Hurricane Idalia moved west of the greater Tampa Bay region and made landfall Tuesday in the Big Bend region, but its impact was still felt throughout West Central Florida.

Storm surge caused by the major hurricane resulted in flooded streets across the area.

Reporters documented the treacherous conditions after Idalia made landfall.

Downtown Tampa

Wading through a big stretch of the Tampa Riverwalk that's flooded, the waterfront has shifted; it is going all the way back to the grass several dozen feet. Parts of the Riverwalk receded a little bit in terms of flooding, but the Hillsborough River was still very high. The water was lapping up right against the sidewalk, spilling over in some places. You could see on the other side of the river near the University of Tampa that it was going right up to the lawn.

Bayshore Boulevard

Hillsborough Bay spilled over onto Bayshore Boulevard, including both directions of traffic and into the homes and apartment buildings. Police had blocked the road to traffic, but some folks walked around on the median, which was the only thing not underwater.

Belleair Beach

The impacts of Hurricane Idalia could be seen along Pinellas beaches, which suffered beach erosion and collected debris.

Safety Harbor

Wading through some of the floodwaters at Waterfront Park, it could be seen from a little past your ankles to past your shins, depending on the locations. Some trees were underwater, along with benches and lights. One family came to walk their dogs just to get out of the house because they were cooped up from the hurricane, and the dogs were playing in the water. The family said they've lived in the area about 30 years and haven't seen anything like this before in terms of the flooding.

Weeki Wachee/Homosassa

State troopers blocked the approaches to Weeki Wachee and to Pine Island on the Hernando County coast.

One trooper said the water level was up to the bridge where Rogers Park is over the Weeki Wachee River and nobody's going to be allowed in until probably later Wednesday.

Indian Rocks Beach

The Gulf of Mexico spilled over onto the Pinellas beaches, forcing closure of the barrier islands.