Florida faces the risk of flooding due to heavy rainfall
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Heavy rain in Florida could lead to flooding on Wednesday, especially in southern parts of the state, including the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metro areas.
Here’s what we’re tracking now: Heavy rain is spreading across the southern and central Florida peninsula, as shown in the latest radar map below. Rainfall for the 24 hours ending at 1 p.m. EST totaled 3 to 6 inches in southeast Florida.
Tuesday evening, heavy rain caused road flooding that stopped cars north of Fort Lauderdale in Oakland Park and Pompano Beach.
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Here is the expected amount of rain: The heaviest totals are expected in South Florida, where many areas could see 3 inches or more of rain through Thursday. But heavier totals of up to 10 inches are possible in local areas where rain bands last for several hours at a time.
The National Weather Service posted flood watches in anticipation of the risk of heavy rain along Florida’s east coast, including from Daytona Beach to Miami. Urban and poor drainage areas will be particularly vulnerable to flooding.
Stormy winds blowing on the beach may exacerbate flooding if heavy rains coincide with high tide in some areas.
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Low pressure is the instigator of this wet pattern: The precipitation across Florida is caused by low pressure near the Gulf Coast and another area of low pressure developing off the coast of South Florida. These low levels combined with upper level energy and abundant moisture create an environment that can produce heavy rainfall rates of over an inch per hour at times in localized areas of South Florida.
We expect this wet pattern to ease by later Thursday or Friday across much of the state.
Chris Dolce He has been a senior meteorologist at Weather.com for over 10 years after starting his career with The Weather Channel in the early 2000s.
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