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MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle
Zach Lewis, 16, dives off of the flooded seawall at the city of Crystal River’s boat ramp Wednesday evening as the rising tide overtakes the boat ramp’s parking lot. He swims with friends Owen Ross and Michael Oestreich. Strong westerly winds ahead of a frontal boundary caused minor flooding along the coastline during the late afternoon and early evening hours.
High winds cause flooding

Pedestrians in Crystal River carefully waded through some ankle- to shin-deep water Wednesday as wind and high tides combined to bring flooding to some areas of town.

The tip of a major cold front with rain driven by 20- to 30-knot southwesterly winds rolled through the west coast of the state, sparking weather alarms and sporadic flooding in coastal communities.

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