MANATEE -- The rain you might have awakened to Tuesday morning is expected to continue throughout the day, leading to the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
The watch, which means flooding is possible during the next 24 to 36 hours, is set to expire at 2 p.m.
"Residents living in flood prone areas should take action to protect property," the Weather Service said.
The Weather Service said a weak area of low pressure will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, bringing bands of rainfall to coastal areas of western Florida, including Manatee. Several inches of rain is possible, according to the Weather Service, with the heaviest amounts along and just off the Gulf coast and lesser amounts inland.
In Bradenton, the chance of rain is 70 percent, with chances gradually decreasing in the afternoon and into the evening. The forecast high temperature is 86.
A chance of rain is in the forecast through at least Friday, according to the Weather Service.