South Florida has experienced significant flooding following relentless downpours, following days of inclement weather.
This flooding resulted in road closures and the temporary closure of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Severe weather on Wednesday also triggered numerous tornado warnings in Broward County, particularly near FLL. The region encompassing Fort Lauderdale just south of Dania Beach, which was under the last tornado warning, continues to receive a severe thunderstorm warning.
The area experienced gusts of wind ranging from 45 to 60 mph. A flash flood warning remains active from Sunny Isles Beach to downtown Fort Lauderdale until 8:15 p.m.
As of 6 p.m., Broward County’s most intense rainfall was still receding offshore. In a neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, where flooding has persisted all week, a road resembled a lake.
Although the rain started at noon, by 5 p.m. it had reduced to a drizzle, but it was still raining. Despite the soggy roads, the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department rescue crews were brave enough to respond to the calls.
Due to flooding on the streets of Dania Beach, deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office closed Stirling Road between Federal Highway and Southwest Fourth Avenue.
During a downpour, 7News cameras captured standing water on Stirling Road, just west of the Federal Highway, as several stalled vehicles left drivers stranded.
Northbound Interstate 95 also experienced a slowdown due to flooding, from the Golden Glades interchange to at least the intersection with Interstate 595, with drivers reporting poor visibility as they head north. ‘East.
The initial temporary closure of the airport and surrounding roads has become a full stop until further notice.
The ground stop at FLL should be lifted once the weather improves. Additionally, lightning and heavy downpours were recorded in various Miami-Dade neighborhoods, including Coral Gables, South Miami and Westchester.
A cyclist wearing a yellow raincoat navigated a flooded sidewalk near Sans Souci Boulevard in North Miami.
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