Miami-Dade County

Drier days to come after severe Miami-area thunderstorms, flooding

Locals help a motorist by pushing his car through the flooded street. Several inches of rain fell in S. Florida causing massive flooding through the streets of Little Haiti near the Little Haiti Cultural Complex on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
Locals help a motorist by pushing his car through the flooded street. Several inches of rain fell in S. Florida causing massive flooding through the streets of Little Haiti near the Little Haiti Cultural Complex on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

After Saturday’s deluge and flooding, the skies cleared on Sunday, making way for a dry remainder of the week.

But March is bringing the winds — and it will remain gusty through the first part of the week. A rip current advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.

Temperatures will climb to the low-80s this week, with little chance of rain.

“It’s dry through the rest of the week,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Caracozza said.

That’s in contrast to the six to eight inches that unloaded on some areas of Northeast Miami-Dade and South Broward on Saturday, flooding streets, drowning cars and making some roads impassable for hours.

At the Aventura Mall, a garage and a stretch of perimeter road flooded, as well as some streets leading in and out of the city. The Skylake and Highland Lakes areas of Northeast Miami-Dade also were hit hard, as were Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Midtown Miami and parts of downtown Miami.

Flooded streets stalled traffic throughout the area as drivers navigated waters up to their car headlights. Traffic was backed up at the beginning of Interstate 95 North in Miami as two lanes became partially inaccessible due to the high waters.

The heavy rain also prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood advisories.

You may not need an umbrella this week — but you may need an extra hairbrush to tame the gusty winds, predicted to blow up to 18-20 mph through Wednesday.

In addition to the Atlantic coast rip current risk, a swimming advisory is in effect for Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach, according to the Miami-Dade Water and Swer Department.

The area affected stretches from from the eastern shore of Biscayne Bay to Biscayne Blvd, between Haulover Inlet and the south end of Dumbfoundling Bay, inclusive of Maul Lake, Sand Spur Island, the Oleta River, Oleta River State Park, and Biscayne Bay waters inside Haulover Inlet.

The heavy rainfall resulted in a “temporary overflow of partially treated effluent” at a nearby wastewater treatment plant, according to the county.

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