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Hazardous weather brings flooded streets — and don’t expect sizzling heat to dry us out

Robert Gutierrez wears a pair of boots as he walks through a flooded street at Li'l Abner Mobile Home Park in Sweetwater on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Much of South Florida were under weather advisories and flood alerts on Tuesday.
Robert Gutierrez wears a pair of boots as he walks through a flooded street at Li'l Abner Mobile Home Park in Sweetwater on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Much of South Florida were under weather advisories and flood alerts on Tuesday. adiaz@miamiherald.com

With temperatures at 90 degrees and a heat index topping 100, the afternoon rains in Miami-Dade and Broward counties must feel like a blessed relief.

Not so fast.

While on-again, off-again thunderstorms since the morning hours pulled temperatures down to 80 degrees in spots by the afternoon, street flooding is making the commute a pain in the galoshes, according to the National Weather Service. A hazardous weather alert was issued Tuesday.

A street flood advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday in parts of Miami-Dade including Medley, Doral, Sweetwater, Westchester, and Tamiami south to the area of Southwest 117th Avenue and Southwest 56th Street, reported WSVN meteorologist Phil Ferro.

According to the WeatherBug app, rain totals so far in some areas have topped two inches.

Miami’s Biscayne Boulevard, at the Frost Museum of Science, has seen 2.22 inches of rainfall.

Downtown Miami’s Police Department on Northwest Second Avenue has had 1.82 inches.

CBS Miami’s studios in the 8900 block of 18th Terrace in Doral is reporting 1.85 inches.

And Weston’s Gator Run neighborhood slogged through 1.01 inches by 4 p.m.

More wet weather is on the way. According to the National Weather Service, scattered thunderstorms are forecast every afternoon through the weekend. These storms are expected to last until the early evenings. While lightning is seen as the biggest hazard with these summer storms, the strongest of them “could bring strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall to portions of South Florida.”

And, oh yes, daytime heat indices of 105 to 107 degrees are also predicted.

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