Potential Tropical Storm Prepares To Cross South Florida

Tropical storm warning for Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas 1:21

(WABNEWS) — Heavy rains, winds and flooding are hitting South Florida Saturday morning, with up to 11 inches (27 centimeters) of rain falling in some places since Friday leaving cars stranded on the streets of Fort Lauderdale. and Miami.

Airlines canceled more than 500 flights as of Saturday morning, including some to and from Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports, according to the FlightAware site.

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The City of Miami Fire Rescue tweeted a video showing cars trapped in the water and said six vehicles were assisting motorists.

At this time @CityofMiamiFire is responding to multiple calls of cars stuck in the water. Please stay off the road and do not drive through floods. pic.twitter.com/lYKx1FoqlJ

— Miami Fire PIO (@MFR_PIO) June 4, 2022

The National Weather Service (NWS) extended flash flood warnings for Miami and Fort Lauderdale through at least noon.

“Between 6 and 11 inches (15 and 27 centimeters) of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall of 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12 centimeters) is possible in the advisory area,” the NWS Miami office said.

The rain forecast for the weekend shows areas in orange where the heaviest rain may fall.

More than 10 million people in South Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas remain under a tropical storm watch or warning, even as Potential Tropical Cyclone One is poorly organized off the state’s west coast.

It is unlikely to become the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season before crossing Florida on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.

“The disturbance is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm off the east coast of Florida (Saturday night), with some strengthening forecast tonight through Monday as the system moves further away from Florida over the Western Atlantic,” the NHC said.

Some places could see up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) before the end of Saturday; Miami was 11 inches (27 inches) at 9:00 a.m. The NHC also says “substantial flash and urban flooding is expected” in this region.

As of 8 a.m., the center said the disturbance was about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south-southwest of Fort Myers with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 km/h).

People fill sandbags as they prepare their homes for the expected arrival of a tropical storm on Friday in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

A tropical storm warning has been lifted for portions of Florida’s west coast. But a warning remains in effect for the Florida Keys, other parts of the West Coast, the East Coast and Lake Okeechobee, as well as parts of Cuba and the Bahamas.

A watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Matanzas and Isla de la Juventud. That means tropical storm conditions are expected.

And finally, a couple of tornadoes are possible off the southeast coast of Florida throughout Saturday.

Airlines canceled 841 flights Friday amid multiple storm systems, data from FlightAware shows.

US airlines warned that disruptions at Florida airports would last into the weekend.

WABNEWS’s Greg Wallace contributed to this report.

This report was made with information from Haley Brink



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