The National Hurricane Center was tracking two systems with a chance to develop into the season’s next tropical depression or storm including one off the coast of Florida and one in the Caribbean.
The system now centered just offshore from South Florida is an area of low pressure that already has brought a flooding threat to the state with a flood watch up the coast from Miami to Volusia County as well as inland portions of Brevard and Volusia counties.
The heavy rains that have already dropped as much as 10 inches through Wednesday in some places could combine with king tides along the state’s southeast coast to further the flood threat. The National Weather Service in Miami said some areas of South Florida are still seeing areas of standing water on Thursday morning.
Flooded streets in downtown Miami plagued drivers out in the storm overnight and there was some wind damage in parts of Miami-Dade County with social media posts showing branches down on cars.
Miami Beach officials reported more than foot of standing water.
Flooded streets were seen up into Broward County as well, which closed schools on Thursday because of the weather.
Power outages topped 110,000, mostly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties as of 8:30 a.m., according to poweroutage.us.
Meanwhile, a high wind advisory warning gusts of up to 60 mph is in place from Miami up to the Brevard-Indian River County line until 1 p.m.
For Central Florida, the NWS in Melbourne said the region could see 20-25 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph along the coast and inland to about Interstate 95 and 15-20 mph winds with 30 mph gusts across the rest of east Central Florida. A wind advisory is in place through 7 p.m. Thursday. The flood watch in Central Florida is also in place until 7 p.m. Thursday with 2-4 inches of rain forecast, and up to 6 inches in some places near the coast.
“It remains a low confidence forecast surrounding low development off of the southeast Florida coast and movement of this feature northward, parallel to the coast, over the next 24 hours,” the NWS stated. “Overall strength, placement and movement will all play a role with weather parameters including wind, precipitation, surf, and marine. A closer track to the coast would lead to stronger impacts.”
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