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Three separate flood advisories, lightning hazards cap off stormy day in South Florida

As thunderstorms continue to bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to Miami-Dade County and Broward County, the National Weather Service issued three separate flood advisories for parts of South Florida.

There is also high-level lightning hazard from Miami to West Palm Beach, according to the National Weather Service.

“The greatest coverage of thunderstorms will be located across the interior and east coast areas this afternoon and this evening,” the NWS wrote in its hazardous weather outlook for South Florida. “Lightning, heavy rainfall, and gusty winds will be the primary hazards.”

The flood advisories affect coastal areas of North Miami-Dade, including Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles, and east-central areas of the county such as Kendall, Pincecrest and Cutler Ridge. One advisory also encompass much of Broward County.

Forecasters extended earlier flood advisories, and the current warnings for north Dade will last until about 5:15 p.m., while the advisory for east-central Dade will remain in effect until 6:45 p.m.

A separate flood advisory near Miami International Airport is in effect until 5 p.m.

The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network cautioned residents to stay indoors.

“Strong storms with dangerous, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning continue to move through the #Miami metro area, especially near the beaches,” wrote The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network on Twitter. “It will take some time for the lightning risk to diminish in these areas, so best advise is to stay indoors.”

The National Weather Service also cautioned that wind speeds up up to 35 mph may be felt in Key Biscayne and off the coast of Miami-Dade County until about 4:45 p.m.

Nasty weather to the north, particularly in Atlanta, grounded dozens of flights in South Florida’s airports Saturday.