Florida Gov. Rick Scott is urging Floridians to heed warnings as a large area of low pressure in the Caribbean threatens to form into the first tropical system of 2018.
Invest 90L has a 50 percent chance of development, according to the National Hurricane Center.
But even if it doesn't become a named storm, forecasters say it could dump heavy rain and cause localized flooding across the Gulf Coast for Memorial Day weekend.
In a statement released Tuesday, Scott said he has been briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and is preparing emergency crews to respond to potential flooding.
"Although the storm currently has a relatively low chance of development into a tropical system, we must take it seriously," Scott said in the statement. "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."
Read the full statement here.