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24-hour rainfall exceeds 7 inches, events canceled or delayed Staff Report

Pelicans wait out waves of rain May 3 while anticipating a handout of shiners from anglers at the M&M Bait pens, but small craft warnings kept anglers in port May 2-3. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

The National Weather Service in Ruskin reported that by noon May 3, 7.01 inches of rain had soaked Anna Maria Island in less than 24 hours, and more was expected.

The island was under a flood watch and hazardous weather warning May 2-3. Small craft advisories kept anglers in port. Some streets had standing water, but there were no reports of flooding.

Additionally, the island was under a tornado warning from noon to 2 p.m. May 2. No tornados were reported on the island, but one was observed at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport during the warning, the NWS said.

The forecast prompted organizers to cancel the May 3 Food and Wine on Pine street fair on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. A notice said no rain date was planned.

Rainy weather forced organizers to reschedule an event benefitting the Anna Maria Island Community Center at McKechnie Field from May 2 to May 22.

The rescheduled Anna Maria Island Night will feature play between the Bradenton Marauders and the Daytona Cubs.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. and gates will open at 5:30 p.m. The ballpark is at 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

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