Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors in the South Florida region to remain vigilant near local canals and rivers and to use extreme caution on area roadways as a storm system impacts the area today, bringing the threat for heavy rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect until 7 p.m. this evening for Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, mainland Monroe, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.
“This system will bring another round of widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms today to the southern Florida Peninsula,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Periods of heavy rains are expected through Friday evening with projected rainfall totals of two to four inches across a widespread area over the next 12 hours. This amount of water, in addition to heavy rainfall that fell on Thursday, will exacerbate flooding conditions.” In addition, isolated occurrences of severe weather will be possible with any strong thunderstorms that develop.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents should monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flooding conditions.