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Date of Issue: September 01, 2010

Record rainfall recorded

A record rainfall was recorded in Manatee County for Aug. 23.

Rain began early and continued into the next day, sometimes falling in heavy downpours and moving slowly across the Manatee-Sarasota county area.

The National Weather Service in Ruskin reported that 4.61 inches of rain fell at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Aug. 23, making it the wettest Aug. 23 in recorded history for the county.

The old record had been set at 4.14 inches in 1977.

The rainfall Aug. 23 also doubled the total for August — the first 22 days saw only 4.62 inches of rain.

The rainfall, at high tide, made some roads on Anna Maria Island difficult to navigate for most vehicles and impassible for those on scooters or motorcycles.

The weather was a factor in some minor accidents, but local law enforcement agencies did not report any major emergencies.

With the rain falling on the first day of school, some students arrived to class with soggy shoes and book bags, and some students arrived home later than expected due to traffic delays.

And, with the rain continuing on Primary Tuesday, election officials speculated that the weather might have been a factor in a low — 24 percent — voter turnout.

The overcast skies and raindrops also kept people off the beaches, where water at high tide reached some beach access points in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox said some loggerhead sea nests were washed over last week, but none were washed out.

Sea turtle eggs are water permeable and hatchlings can drown in their shells if the nest remains flooded for extended periods.