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Storms move across South Florida, making for a messy commute

Wednesday afternoon’s commute might be a little better, but rain chance is 70 percent through the day.
Wednesday afternoon’s commute might be a little better, but rain chance is 70 percent through the day.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather bulletin for South Florida that could affect morning commuters because there is “a concern for one or two strong storms particularly during the morning hours.”

Those storms are expected mostly inland and south of Lake Okeechobee and follow a night that saw flooding in various parts of the region, particularly Vero Beach where up to a foot of water inundated some areas.

Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flooding to Vero Beach, on Tuesday May 17, 2016.

"Give yourself a lot of extra time this morning, especially north of Miami," said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. "We also expect some rain storms close to Homestead."

The weather outlook also warns of the possibility of strong winds, with gust up to 40 miles per hour during the first half of the day. Small hail is also a possibility at that time.

The chance of rain remains at 70 percent throughout the day and extending into Wednesday night, but Garcia offered some hope for a more tolerable commute home.

"The afternoon commute should be a little more pleasant but there is still the potential for showers and thunderstorms if you're going into northern Broward, Palm Beach and also in southern Miami-Dade," he said.

More good news? The weather service report said there is only a slight or remote possibility of tornadoes Wednesday morning, particularly across the southern portions of South Florida.

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