The Florida Division of Emergency Management urges residents and visitors in Central and South Florida to stay alert and use caution on area roadways as a storm system in the Gulf of Mexico brings the potential threat for heavy rainfall through early next week.
“Abundant tropical moisture moving into the state may bring thunderstorms to much of Central and South Florida over the next several days and high rainfall totals could lead to flooding concerns,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “It is important that all Floridians heed warnings from the National Weather Service and local officials, and remember to ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ when approaching a flooded roadway.”
Periods of heavy rains are expected through next Tuesday with projected rainfall totals of three to seven inches across a widespread area over the next five days. Higher amounts may be experienced locally and could cause flooding concerns, especially in urban and low-lying areas. In addition, gusty winds and lightning strikes will be possible with any thunderstorms that develop. Residents should monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flooding conditions.