Miami-Dade County

Lightning sparks some MIA delays; rains will continue Wednesday

Heavy rain will likely stick around for Wednesday’s commute.
Heavy rain will likely stick around for Wednesday’s commute.

Nasty weather fouled up travel plans for hundreds of travelers at Miami International Airport and is likely to continue to slow things down for South Florida motorists throughout Wednesday.

Lightning struck an FAA tower at Miami International Airport and damaged some equipment at about 7:30 Tuesday night, according to the FAA. The strike affected some radio frequencies and phone lines, but the radar wasn’t impacted.

“Mother Nature reeked havoc on air traffic tonight,” MIA tweeted. “Severe weather has passed & airlines & air traffic R working 2 get flights on their way.”

The weather led to the delay of 26 arrivals and 14 departures, according to the airport

The National Weather Service expected another round of thunderstorms for much of South Florida before conditions clear up.

“It’s looking like there will be a repeat,” said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The service predicted a 50 to 60 percent chance of rain Wednesday, dropping to 30 percent on Thursday and into the weekend.

As of late Tuesday, about 5,000 FPL customers in Miami-Dade and Broward also had been without power, at least temporarily.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff