The Florida Division of Emergency Management warns Southwest Florida storm systems from the Gulf of Mexico brings the potential threat for heavy rainfall and road flooding 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. "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 3 to 7 inches on Gasparilla Island and across a widespread area over the next five days.
Higher amounts could cause flooding concerns and gusty winds and lightning strikes will be possible with any thunderstorms. Residents should monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flooding conditions.
Florida flooding facts
Flooding is one of Florida's most frequent hazards.
In 2009, flooding caused $87.5 million in damage in Florida.
Three types of floods occur in Florida:
prolonged rainfall over several days;
intense rainfall over a short period of time or overflowing river or stream floods surrounding area.
Area floods are most common and can cause considerable damage in urban areas.
A flash flood occurs within six hours of a rain event, or following a sudden release of water held by a dam or levee.
River flooding can be forecast, but still can cause extensive damage.