Governor Rick Scott urged Floridians on Tuesday to prepare for significant rain and possible flooding in the Sunshine State due to a weather system developing over the Caribbean Sea.
The weather system, now designated as Invest 90L by the National Hurricane Center, is currently east of Belize and producing a large area of disorganized weather as it slowly moves north into the Gulf of Mexico.
If the forecast rainfall continues as anticipated, local National Weather Service offices will issue Flood Watches as needed for portions of Florida.
The Governor received a briefing from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) on the weather system on Tuesday.
“As we continue to monitor the developing weather system in the Caribbean Sea, we know that families can never be too careful or over-prepared when it comes to severe weather,” said Governor Scott.
“Although the storm currently has a relatively low chance of development into a tropical system, we must take it seriously. That’s why it is critically important that all Floridians take this opportunity to get prepared and make a plan that ensures the safety of their family and loved ones.”
In anticipation of heavy rain and flooding across Gulf Coast communities this week, Governor Scott also directed Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Executive Director Eric Sutton to pre-position and stage the agency’s high water vehicles and other flood response resources for rapid deployment (if needed).