(The Herald Post) – Unprecedented rainfall wreaks havoc across South Florida, resulting in the closure of a major airport, submerged buildings, and inundated highways and parking lots. The relentless storm has dumped over 25 inches of rain in coastal regions, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch effective until Thursday night.
Ana Torres-Vasquez, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, described the deluge in the Fort Lauderdale area as a “1-in-1,000-year event or more,” signifying a mere 0.1% chance of such an occurrence in any given year. According to AccuWeather, Fort Lauderdale experienced a staggering 25.95 inches of rainfall within just two days, while nearby Dania Beach recorded 21.42 inches.
Remarkably, some localities were drenched with 20 inches of rain in as little as six hours, and Hollywood and South Miami were not spared, receiving at least 9 inches of rainfall. The sheer volume of water proved too much for the state’s primary north-south traffic artery, I-95, which succumbed to the deluge for several hours.
As the region grapples with the consequences of this extraordinary weather event, residents are urged to remain vigilant and cautious, heeding official warnings and advisories to ensure their safety.