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Florida storm: Tropical system strikes off Florida shore towards Bahamas, leaves flooding behind


Heavy rains, robust winds and flooding hit South Florida Saturday, with as much as 11 inches falling in some spots since Friday and vehicles stalled on streets in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The metropolis of Miami warned Saturday afternoon a number of roads weren’t accessible. At least one seaside was briefly closed.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officers warned the hazard of flooding all through the weekend is “high” throughout the county, particularly in low-lying and poorly drained elements, and urged residents to not try to stroll or drive by flooded waters. About 100 automobiles have been stranded in a single day in floodwaters all through Miami, Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban informed CNN affiliate WSVN.

The county additionally issued a No-Swim Advisory for sure areas after officers introduced there have been sewer overflows. Wastewater overflow at a neighborhood plant had the “potential to mix with flood waters at the facility and flow towards adjacent surface waters,” the county stated in a information launch. Residents and guests have been additionally urged to keep away from actions like fishing and boating.

A flood watch was in impact throughout south Florida Saturday, together with Miami, by eight p.m. ET.

The National Weather Service (NWS) stated the heaviest rain bands of the storm system had moved offshore by late afternoon however warned some remoted showers might comply with and trigger localized flooding.

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Earlier the NWS workplace in Miami stated between 6 and 11 inches of rain fell on some areas.

Record rainfall was recorded Saturday for the date of June Four in West Palm Beach (which noticed 4.5 inches of water), Fort Lauderdale (which noticed 6.55 inches) and Miami (which recorded 5.24 inches), in response to the NWS.

Potential Tropical Cycle One was poorly organized because it headed for the Atlantic Ocean Saturday night. At roughly 5 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center had the middle of the storm at roughly 40 miles northeast of Fort Pierce.

The storm had sustained winds of about 45 mph and was shifting rapidly to the northeast at roughly 18 mph, in response to the middle.

An earlier tropical storm warning for Florida’s east coast was discontinued Saturday night, however a warning remained for the northwestern Bahamas and a tropical storm watch was in impact for Bermuda, the middle stated.

People fill sandbags as they prepare their homes for the expected arrival of a tropical storm Friday in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

The latest monitor from the hurricane middle exhibits the storm system strengthening sufficient to turn out to be Tropical Storm Alex inside the subsequent 12 hours, then passing north of Bermuda by Monday.

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm circumstances are doable.

Airlines canceled 841 flights on Friday amid a number of storm programs, FlightAware information confirmed.

US airways warned disruptions on the Florida airports would final by the weekend.

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