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Rain and flooding in Miami and South Florida, live: news, forecast and more

Rain and flooding in Miami and South Florida, live: news, forecast and more

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – JUNE 12: A vehicle sits in flood waters on June 12, 2024 in Hollywood, Florida. As tropical moisture passes through the region, some areas are flooded due to heavy rains. (Photo: Joe Radle/Getty Images)

Heavy rain, flooding in Miami and areas to the north Wednesday afternoon Extension of I-95. Up to 127mm of rain fell in a matter of hours, causing flash flooding in the low-lying metropolitan area and more rain to come.

The Miami area has been hit by flooding for the second day in a row. Tuesday’s storms dumped 50 to 127mm of rain and flooded streets.

Miami isn’t the only Florida city to experience heavy rain this week. About 4 inches (101 mm) fell in one hour Tuesday night in Sarasota, the highest hourly fall there.

Video from Sarasota County by CNN affiliate WWSB shows people pushing out vehicles stuck in flood waters after a month’s worth of rain fell there.

Although the state is no stranger to heavy rains, heavy rains are becoming more intense as the world warms due to air pollution. Fossil fuels. The daily rainfall is driven by tropical moisture from parts of the Caribbean that moves directly into South Florida in a front covering the state.

Several millimeters of rain are expected for the rest of the work week due to a large, patchy patch of storms that have stuck in the state. Later in the week, the National Hurricane Center gives the storms little chance to organize into the first tropical depression of the hurricane season as it moves away from the Southeast coast.

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However, some parts of Florida could get heavy rain on Friday, with parts of Southwest Florida even getting 508 mm. The state’s southwestern Gulf Coast, from Sarasota to Everglades National Park, is at risk for rain totals of 10 inches or more.

Additionally, bursts of heavy rain outside of high-risk areas can cause flash flooding, especially in urban or poorly drained areas.

A flood watch is in effect for more than 8 million people in South Florida from Wednesday night into Thursday night.

As storms dump heavy rain on the same area day after day, total precipitation will increase, soil will become saturated and area waterways will swell, increasing the risk of flooding throughout the week.