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Weather alert: Flood watch issued for South Florida

 

bduarte@miamiherald.com

That soggy feeling isn't over yet. Thunderstorms will be back after 9 a.m. Friday. Rain chance is 60 percent. And with the rain will come the flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through the evening for coastal areas of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The good news: Saturday's rain chance is 20 percent.

But first, South Florida has to get through Friday, which will bring storms, gusts and likely more deep water on the streets. Portions of Hollywood, Dania Beach, Boca Raton and Key West are still drying out from severe flooding. Those areas will likely see more Friday.

Besides flooding, there were other problems Thursday. A tornado touched down in Boca Raton. The 50-yard-wide twister touched down around 1:25 p.m., traveling almost half a mile from North Dixie Highway and 28th Street to near Federal Highway and Northeast 32nd Street.

The 70 mph winds took down fences, trees, a store sign, power lines and parts of a roof.

Parts of Broward were under a tornado warning for about half an hour around 4 p.m. No tornadoes were reported, but winds reached 40 mph. Some power lines went down near Dania Beach. Winds were between 25 and 39 mph in Miami-Dade, but no damage was reported.

The storms also caused flight delays in both Broward and Miami-Dade.

Flights to and from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport were grounded for a time in the late afternoon, and delays went up to 3 hours.

“We had some problems with people waiting to get out, but most people were already in the airplanes or at the gate,” said Gregory Meyer, spokesperson for the Broward County Aviation Department.

Miami International Airport had 11 cancelations and 48 delays as of Thursday evening. Some planes waited for two hours to take off.

Traffic was backed up entering the airport due to flooding in the parking garages and on U.S. 1.

Of the three counties, Broward saw the most rain with more than three inches.

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