Wet start to day after Christmas in South Florida

 
 
A street is flooded by heavy rain Thursday morning in Miami Beach.
A street is flooded by heavy rain Thursday morning in Miami Beach.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

ebenn@MiamiHerald.com

South Florida residents returning to work the day after Christmas battled downpours on the morning commute, and the wet slog continued for much of the region by midday Thursday.

Ponds of water and heavy rains contributed to accidents on roadways throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. A roof collapse in North Miami forced 200 people to evacuate their homes.

The rest of the day’s thunderstorms will focus on the area from Hialeah and Doral south to Sweetwater and Kendall, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Miami.

“Lighter rain with more hit-and-miss, heavier showers are expected elsewhere” throughout the area, a recent forecast said.

Water also pooled on stretches of Alton Road and Sunset Harbour in Miami-Beach as well as in parts of Hollywood; both cities are prone to tidal flooding.

Rain and wind gusts kept temperatures to the low 70s for much of South Florida on Thursday, with an afternoon high predicted to reach 78 degrees.

Showers and occasional thunderstorms could persist on Friday and Saturday, and have a 40 percent probability of soaking us on Sunday. Cooler — and drier — weather should return next week, forecasters said.

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