This week’s record-breaking rainfall shows no signs of slowing down, as strong thunderstorms roll into the Miami-Dade metro area Thursday evening.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for areas of Miami-Dade and Broward counties Thursday afternoon, warning residents of strong storms and gusts of wind between 45 and 55 mph. The service also warned Miami-area residents of torrential rainfall and lightning, which can lead to flooding and falling limbs and branches.
Residents should seek shelter in sturdy buildings until the storm passes, the service said, as excessive lightning is the number one weather-related killer in Florida.
The storms are to continue through the weekend. Scattered thunderstorms, winds and heavy rainfall are expected each afternoon and evening through next Wednesday.
Rainfall totals in several areas broke records Tuesday and Wednesday, the Herald reported Wednesday. Fort Lauderdale broke a 1926 record of just under 2 inches of rain with 4.78 inches of rainfall Tuesday, and West Palm Beach sailed past a 3-inch record set in 1904 with 4.18 inches of rainfall. Miami nearly tied its prior record for rainfall Tuesday, coming in shy of the 2.16 inch record set in 1964.
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