Miami-Dade County

Wet weather triggers flood watch for South Florida

Early storms Thursday soaked South Florida roadways.
Early storms Thursday soaked South Florida roadways. CBS4

Persistent heavy rain — and a wet forecast — has triggered a flood watch across South Florida through Friday night.

The watch, issued by the National Weather Service, covers portions of coastal and metro Broward and Miami-Dade. Some areas logged up to four inches of rain early Thursday, on top of pounding storms late Wednesday.

Forecasters warned of pooling water on major highways, including Interstate 95.

“Drivers need to slow down and have their headlights on,” said Bob Ebaugh, a National Weather Service weather specialist.

Ebaugh said the wet weather has moved a lot slower through South Florida than expected.

“It seems like it’s going to stick around for a while,” he said.

While most of South Florida was hit with patches of heavy rain Wednesday, powerful storms pummeled parts of Broward County, causing traffic backups, power outages and downed trees.

The National Weather Service on Thursday confirmed that a weak tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon in Davie, near Flamingo Road and Orange Drive.

The heavy winds uprooted trees, threw patio furniture in pools and littered streets with tree limbs and leaves.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff