Flood threat remains for South Florida as Tropical Storm Eta begins its move to the west

By Joe Cavaretta, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Weather News

Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys late Sunday, as the storm's rainbands subjected South Florida to high winds and "life-threatening" flash floods, the National Hurricane Center said.

South Florida will experience the high winds, rain and chance of tornadoes into Monday. A flash-flood warning was in effect for the region on Monday. Knee-deep water was reported in Davie and flooding in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the National Weather Service said.

It is still possible South Florida could see a few tornadoes as bands from the right side of the storm rake the area.

Miami-Dade County faces the greatest danger, although the at-risk region extends through Broward and southeastern Palm Beach counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm came ashore on Lower Matecumbe Key, just south of Islamorada. But its wind field is so wide, reaching up to 310 miles from the storm's center, that it has brought heavy rain and dangerous winds to Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, more than 22,000 households are currently without power, most in Broward County, followed by Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, according to Florida Power & Light.


Residents in the Melrose Manors neighborhood, west of downtown Fort Lauderdale off Broward Boulevard, were among those without power Monday morning.

Approximately 2 feet of water has flooded the streets in the neighborhood.

Rance Ford sat on his pickup truck in his driveway on 29th Avenue imploring motorists driving by to slow down, because the wake was coming dangerously close to his front door.

"I'm not going to take my car out into that mess," he said.


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