Weather alert: More storms expected Wednesday

Heavy storms are expected to continue Wednesday, bringing more rain and possible flooding to South Florida.

Without wind to move the storms along, they “will be sitting in one place, bringing the potential for a lot of rain,”

said Bob Ebaugh, a specialist at the National Weather Service.

"It’s going to be a rather wet week," he said.

The soggy trend will taper off on Thursday and Friday, with only about 20 percent of rain predicted.

Up to 11 inches of rain fell on South Florida Monday and Tuesday, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Expect similar conditions Wednesday, with a 50 percent chance of getting wet.

The region was pounded late Monday with several inches of rain, flooding streets and blipping off power in Miami-Dade and Broward.

Hit the hardest: Coral Gables with 11 inches of rain, Everglades National Park with 10 inches and coastal Palm Beach with seven inches.

“In the past couple of years we’ve had moments of significant rainfall,” said water district spokesman Gabe Margasak, “and this is certainly one of them.”

The water district’s system has been moving water out of streets and into canals since Monday night. So much water in such a short period guarantees some street and parking-lot flooding, Margasak said.

The storm brought other problems as well.

Two people were struck by lightning in Aventura around 10 p.m. Monday in the area of Northeast 195th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

And hundreds of homes were left in the dark as the rough weather caused power outages.

Flood advisories were issued for both counties.

At Marlins Park in Little Havana, area streets flooded outside the stadium. The West Miami-Dade campus of Florida International University was pounded with more than five inches of rain and a nearby neighborhood to the west had floodwaters of more than a foot high with impassable roads, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of the waters receded on Tuesday, with no homes or businesses reporting flooding.

Monday’s severe weather prompted the weather service to issue alerts in Miami-Dade for hail and wind gusts. More than a dozen crashes littered major expressways as the afternoon rush hour began.

On a wet Tuesday morning, a Publix tractor-trailer truck jack-knifed on Florida’s Turnpike in South Miami-Dade, going across the entire road before coming to a rest and shutting down all the lanes during rush hour.

This week’s storms are likely the arrival of South Florida’s summer season when warm temperatures in the area brew up the daily afternoon rumbles.

"This could virtually be the advent of the rainy season," said Ebaugh of the weather service.

At least we have slightly cooler temperatures.

During the week, temperature highs will be in the 80s with overnight lows dropping to about 75 degrees.

Miami Herald staff writer Luisa Yanez c ontributed to this report.

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