Broward County

Storms are here, and floods could follow. Forecasters issue a 3-day alert

The remnants of a tropical disturbance off Florida’s west coast are expected to scatter showers and thunderstorms across South Florida through Saturday morning.
The remnants of a tropical disturbance off Florida’s west coast are expected to scatter showers and thunderstorms across South Florida through Saturday morning. File

Expect the rest of the week to be stormy, soggy and thoroughly unpleasant.

The National Weather Service is issuing a flood watch from 11 a.m. Thursday through Saturday morning for vast swaths of South Florida, including coastal areas of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and inland.

The watch alert, which indicates a potential for flooding, predicts heavy rain up to four inches or more could swamp roadways and, in highly affected areas, cause some building flooding in low-lying regions. Scattered thunderstorms are also expected in the region.

The deluge draws from a tropical disturbance off Florida’s coast and is expected to dump rain on South Florida for the rest of the week as it continues to move north.

Tropical Storm Harvey, churning through the southwestern Gulf, is also expected to affect land in the next few days. Forecasters say the storm is likely to rapidly intensify into a hurricane by the time it hits the Texas coast sometime Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbot declared a state of disaster Wednesday ahead of the storm, and storm warnings have been issued throughout the coastal counties in the state.

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