Miami-Dade County

Flood watch is extended through Sunday evening in South Florida

South Florida, already drenched by 24 hours of rain, will remain under a flood watch through Sunday night as neighborhoods of Miami Beach, Doral and Hialeah reported standing water in roadways and parking lots.

The region, which has been hit hard by tropical rain and thunderstorms, has been under a flood watch since Thursday. And with heavy downpours Saturday afternoon, the flood watch has been extended across all of South Florida.

Some parts of Miami-Dade County were hit with up to three inches of rain the past two days. The weather service warned that the region should continue to expect thunderstorms and rain as a tropical wave continues to move northeast through the state.

Through Saturday night, the highest threat for heavy rainfall was across Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. Heavy rainfall through Sunday will increase flood risks, as the ground is already saturated from three days of rain.

A moderate risk for rip currents on the west coast is in effect though Sunday evening as well, according to the weather service.

More of the same is expected on Sunday, with the forecast calling for around a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. The beginning of next week should bring fewer showers, the weather service said.

In parts of central Florida, a flood advisory was in effect until 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Increased risk of small stream flooding and overflowing in poor drainage areas was expected to cause minor flooding. Two inches of rain had already fallen in that region of Florida by Saturday afternoon.

Miami Beach recommended avoiding parking in low-lying areas, especially to prevent salt water damage to vehicles. Rainwater started to accumulate ankle-deep on Lincoln Road, but began to drain through the drainage system shortly after. Flooding from remnants of Tropical Storm Emily at the end of July caused car damage, flooded businesses, and led to street-kayaking. Even a manhole cover popped off and floated away.

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