Showers and thunderstorms led to flooding troubles in parts of South Florida on Thursday afternoon, leaving streets looking like lakes and drivers stranded.
South Florida’s Chief Meteorologist John Morales said the rainiest month of August was back in 1994. Not only are we seeing a lot of rain now, we’re also seeing heavier downpours.
“Because of a warmer atmosphere caused by climate change. Because more water vapor can be held in a warmer airmass, we’re just seeing these stronger downpours,” Morales said.
The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for Miami-Dade County until 8 p.m. Footage from Chopper 6 showed extreme flooding in Kendall. Officials recommend drivers to avoid going through flooded roads.
“With fewer areas to drain because you can’t get through the asphalt, you can’t get through the cement,” Morales said. “That water just starts to accumulate in different places and you end up with the type of floods that we’re seeing.”
A Flood Watch is in effect until Friday evening for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Officials warn that heavy rain has the potential for localized flooding in these areas.