Update: Sarasota Police have reopened U.S. 301 to northbound and southbound traffic near its intersection with Sixth Street, and St. Armands Circle after closures due to flooding. Officers are monitoring the weather this afternoon for more possible closures, according to a news release.
Earlier: Sarasota Police have closed U.S. 301 near Sixth Street due to flooding.
The light afternoon rainstorms that have dominated the summer in Sarasota will turn up in intensity this week.
A storm passing over Sarasota has already dropped more than an inch of rain, which is nearly one-third of the total monthly rainfall, according to weather data from Mote Marine Laboratory.
Meteorologists predict a 70% chance of rain throughout Monday, Sept. 23, and at least a 50% possibility of precipitation each day for the rest of the work week, according to forecasts.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office issued a warning through Facebook for residents to drive safely and keep headlights low.