After three days of South Florida downpours and more on the way, summer-camp coordinator Alyssa Williams had run out of ideas by Wednesday.
Ive got 70 kids here who have been pent up inside all week, said Williams, who runs Step Up Summer Camp for 5- to 12-year-olds in Kendall. Weve been watching movies, doing all sorts of arts and crafts. By today, theyre pretty antsy to get outside.
Sorry, kids: Forecasters say wet weather will stick around at least on Thursday and possibly through the weekend. Storms will continue to threaten the area with significant local accumulations over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.
This pattern is not your normal afternoon showers and thunderstorms, forecaster Brad Diehl said. These conditions are much more moist than usual. This potential for heavy rain at any time is not typical, even in the rainy season.
Northeast Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties received the brunt of Wednesdays deluge and were under flood advisories for a good part of the day. Miami Shores was hit with about 6 inches of rain, Diehl said, while Oakland Park and Tamarac recorded anywhere from 2.5 to 4 inches. One weather service reading in Hialeah put that areas total at 8 inches.
Persistent morning storms and lingering afternoon flare-ups snarled Wednesdays commute for many South Floridians.
South Miami resident Seth Furman said he had a white-knuckle drive to work, navigating standing water on parts of Interstate 95 northbound.
Hydroplaning occurred multiple times as huge puddles were forming along the interstate, he said. Essentially, it was the most challenging commute Ive ever had in Miami.
Flooding prompted Broward Sheriffs Office deputies to shut down parts of Prospect Road and Northeast Sixth Avenue in Oakland Park. Drivers on the Gratigny Parkway in North Miami-Dade had to deal with flooded westbound lanes and a standstill for eastbound traffic.
The Gratigny at 32nd Avenue is literally a lake, said Nannette Rodriguez, a Miami Beach spokeswoman who said her usual 30-minute commute from Pembroke Pines to the Beach had stretched over two hours Wednesday. Even where its not flooded, people are driving very slow, being very cautious.
Foul weather delayed about 43 flights and forced three cancellations Wednesday at Miami International Airport, communications director Greg Chin said. Aviation website FlightStats.com reported 57 delays and one cancellation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
In South Beach, typical flood-problem spots like Alton Road and 10th Street, parts of Bay Road, and the Sunset Harbor strip adjacent to Biscayne Bay all sat under standing water for parts of the day.
Multiple car crashes had been reported throughout South Florida on Wednesday as officials urged people to exercise caution on the roads. Many used their four-way hazard lights while driving on roadways thats illegal in Florida and can actually cause accidents, police say.
Radar-generated estimates from the South Florida Water Management District showed the Upper Keys were the wettest spot in the region, recording up to 10 inches of rain since Tuesday morning.
This month certainly has been rainier than usual in South Florida.