On Thursday, a storm dropped up to 25 inches of rain on some coastal sections of South Florida, flooding homes and highways and forcing the closure of a major airport.
AccuWeather reported that 25.95 inches of rain fell in 24 hours in Fort Lauderdale. Twenty inches of rain fell in as little as six hours in some spots. At least 9 inches fell in Hollywood and South Miami.
“The amount of rain, the rainfall rate is something you should see once in every 1,000 years or once in every 2,000 years.”
At one point, Fort Lauderdale received roughly 1 1/2 inches of rain in 10 minutes, according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter. He called this amount “close to the United States’ all-time record for rain in that short of a period of time.”
Flooding in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding county of Broward prompted the declaration of a state of emergency, with some residents having to wade through knee-deep water or use canoes and kayaks to get around. After the heavy rain on Wednesday, Thursday saw drains cleared and pools of water pumped out. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for much of South Florida lasting until Thursday night.
“Stay off the roads until some of this water dissipates.There are cars getting stuck in flooded waters, just (adding) to the emergencies that are taking place.
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