24 hours of rain soaks South Florida, makes commuting miserable

01/31/2014 2:46 PM

01/31/2014 2:53 PM

South Florida dried out Friday after a massive weather blob blanketed the region for about 24 hours, drenching Miami-Dade and Broward County with nonstop rain.

“It was pretty much all covered,” said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade.

The intensity of rain varied, with some areas only experiencing 0.6 inches while others, including Fort Lauderdale’s water plant, seeing as much as 2.42 inches.

The continuous rainfall made driving in South Florida even more of a nightmare than usual on Thursday and Friday mornings, with dozens of crashes blocking lanes and delaying commuters.

“Any time it rains you’ll see an increase in accidents,” said Sgt. Tom Pikul, a spokesman with the Florida Highway Patrol. “We were a little out of the norm, but nothing we couldn’t handle.”

When the sprinkles hit the pavement, Pikul advised drivers to reduce their speed, stay alert, maintain distance, and make sure that all equipment works properly.

Fortunately, South Floridians seem to have weathered the storm because there is good news ahead.

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday promises partly to mostly sunny skies, Caracozza said.

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