Florida under flash flood warnings amid torrential rains

A flood watch is in place until Thursday morning as storms lash state

Michelle Del Rey
Thursday 16 November 2023 14:37 GMT
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South Florida is gearing up for a wave of flash flooding expected to continue throughout Thursday evening as storms from the east move toward the state’s coastline.

Miami-Dade County is currently under flood watch, officials said in an advisory around 1.30pm ET on Wednesday. Residents are advised to stay out of the rising waters, which can contain dangerous chemicals and objects that could be harmful.

The water will continue until 10am Thursday. The downpour began on Tuesday, but officials did not expect to see showers until the following day. The population under the advisory includes seven million people.

The region is expected to have cloudy weather over the next several days as two storms head toward the state, creating persistent rainfall. The storms appeared to be originating from under the state close to the Caribbean.

Local National Weather Service expects said residents should anticipate five to eight inches of rain from the Florida Keys to the West Palm Beach area and should prepare to take action if conditions worsen.

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