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Tropical Storm Alex's remnants will bring more rain to South Florida, forecasters say

Michelle Marchante and Alex Harris, Miami Herald on

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MIAMI — The ragged edge of what’s left of Tropical Storm Alex is expected to pass through South Florida this week, bringing more rain and likely more flooding, according to forecasters.

Clearly, the storm isn’t done yet, despite losing its tropical characteristics Monday afternoon.

“There is kind of like a tail; we call it a trailing trough,” said Sammy Hadi, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Miami office.

Parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties were put under a flood watch Monday, just days after heavy rain swamped South Florida. As of 7:45 p.m. Eastern time, most flood advisories had expired but additional flooding could occur this week, according to forecasters.

As the disturbance crossed Florida, dropping up to 14 inches of rain in some spots, it dragged a line of moist air behind it, which can make it easier for more rainstorms to form.

“It’s not going to be a washout all the time, but it looks like the peak will be midweek,” he said.

 

Hadi also warned that the additional rain on already rain-soaked soil is bound to lead to more flooding in some spots in South Florida, hence the flood watch.

“This week, because our soil is so soggy, it won’t take much rain to have flooding,” he said. “Even if it’s just a regular afternoon storm, the soil is already saturated.”

Tuesday could be the soggiest day this week. The forecast calls for a 72% chance of rain in Fort Lauderdale and 71% in Miami.

Forecasters say the wet weather this week will run through the weekend.

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