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Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for Lee County amid a flood warning from the National Weather Service. The flood watch is in effect for the province until Thursday at 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service is forecasting two to three inches of rain for the area on Thursday.

The state of emergency also extends to neighboring Collier County, as well as Broward County, Sarasota County and Miami-Dade County due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the forecast.

In his statement declaring a state of emergency, DeSantis cited “widespread heavy rainfall totaling 10 to 18 inches, and resulting flooding in parts of South Florida since June 11.” The rain is expected to continue in the coming days despite its intensity. Expect it to calm down a bit late Thursday.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal weather-related car crash in Immokalee in Collier County on Wednesday that left two people dead and another two injured.

“Preliminary reports indicate that the rainfall and flooding have affected and may continue to affect the operational capacity of critical infrastructure, including major highways, state and provincial highways, airports, schools and other critical infrastructure in these counties.” DeSantis said. “Additional heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for South Florida in the coming days, which will further exacerbate ongoing flooding conditions in already affected and vulnerable metropolitan areas.”

The state of emergency orders the director of the Florida State Guard to activate the Florida State Guard and also allows the National Guard to be activated as well.

The state of emergency directs all government agencies to implement the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Disaster Recovery Framework.

The state of emergency suspends the operation of any law, rule, or order that would in any way prevent, impede, or delay any mitigation, response, or recovery action necessary to address this emergency.