WEATHER

South Florida gets a soaking from severe storms; wet weather expected all week

 

Lightning bored a hole in a runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Sunday as a severe storm system darkened the South Florida skies. Expect more ugly weather this week.

bdupuy@MiamiHerald.com

Airport runway shutdown. World Cup warm-up delay. Ominous clouds, rumbling thunder, streaks of lightning.

The rainy season is in full roar, and South Florida felt it over the weekend.

More is on the way.

On Sunday, amid a severe thunderstorm warning in Broward County, lightning bore a hole in a runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The runway was closed for more than an hour as workers temporarily filled the damage left by the strikes.

The holes caused 27 flights to be diverted, said Gregory Meyer, a spokesman for the aviation department. “It’s a challenging day for travel.”

Scattered showers and thunderstorms along with winds up to 50 mph and some hail darkened the sky across South Florida.

Miami International Airport received 2.19 inches of rain while 1.21 inches poured down in Fort Lauderdale Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather was so wretched at the weather service’s own West Miami-Dade headquarters on Sunday that forecasters posted a short video of the deluge on Twitter and YouTube.

Thunderstorm warnings were in effect for southeastern Broward County and Miami- Dade County early to mid-afternoon Sunday.

Several crashes littered major highways — including the Interstate 95 express lanes in Miami, Kendall Drive and U.S. 1 in Homestead — likely because of the heavy rain.

South Florida has seen its fair share of bad weather recently. Potential lightning strikes put a World Cup friendly on hold for 45 minutes Saturday during the England and Honduras game.

With forecasts showing afternoon showers for Monday, people attending Ghana vs. Korea Republic at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens will want to come prepared for rain.

And it looks like the wet weather will stick around all week.

The National Weather Service forecast for Monday through Thursday calls for a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the upper-70s.

While wet weather may prevent some South Floridians from heading to the beach, relatively calm seas and low wind speeds will make for a low rip current risk during the week.

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