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The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Lee County on Sunday afternoon, warning residents to expect minor flooding in low-lying and poorly drained areas.

Radar showed bands of rain and thunderstorms moving through the area, and some streets in Fort Myers were knee-deep in flooding.

Video from Amy Bennett Williams, a reporter for The News-Press and Naples Daily News, showed flooding on Palm Beach Boulevard near Terry Park in Fort Myers; Fowler Street and parts of U.S. 41 in the city were also flooded.

The warning came at 2:19 p.m. and the weather service said it would be valid until 4:15 p.m.

A flood warning is issued when the associated weather conditions are not expected to be severe enough to warrant a warning. It means “caution,” however, “significant inconvenience may occur and, if caution is not exercised, situations threatening life and/or property may arise.”

Do not drive through flooded roads

It is always best to wait and not drive through flooded roads. A little flooding can ruin your car; a lot of flooding can be dangerous.

The Cape Coral Fire Department previously released the facts:

  • “For most passenger cars, the water depth reaches the bottom, which can lead to loss of control and possibly stalling of the vehicle.
  • “One foot of water is enough to keep many vehicles afloat.
  • “Two feet of water can sweep away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks.”

Amy Bennett Williams contributed to this report.