Intense thunderstorms and record-breaking rainfall caused widespread flooding in Naples, Florida, Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service in Miami reported that 6.73 inches of rain fell in the city, obliterating the previous record for Aug. 4 of 2 inches set in 1981.
Streets and parking lots were covered with water, forcing flooded intersections and roads to be closed off due to dangerous driving conditions. As of 10 p.m. Monday, the Collier County Sheriff's Office reported multiple roads that were still under water and unsafe to drive through.
"It looks like the heaviest of the rain came through between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. as a series of slow-moving thunderstorms kept building over the area," AccuWeather Meteorologist Stephen Travis said. "This was a very localized event."
As measures are taken to clear the remaining damage, the area will continue to see wet conditions as storms remain in the forecast.
"Showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for the next few days but the likelihood of a repeat record rainfall event is very low. However, any heavy thunderstorm could bring localized flooding, especially since the ground is obviously well saturated," Travis said.
Urgent: Widespread flooding in Naples with multiple rescues and road closures being reported. #flwx— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) August 4, 2014
Cars had to be pulled from flooded streets as intensive rain slammed the area. Drivers should remain vigilant when flash flooding occurs and turn around if water levels are high. (Photo/ Cpl. Efrain Hernandez/Collier County Sheriff's Office)
The parking lot of an area mall was completely under water amid heavy rain. (Photo/Twitter user @ssuddeth)
Multiple cars had to be pulled from roadways that were impassable. (Photo/Twitter user @DillonWhite34)
The localized rains created havoc on busy intersections as cars drove through high waters. (Photo/Twitter user @NE_Carr)
The flash flooding smashed previous records in Naples as the rain closed multiple roads due to dangerous conditions. (Photo/Twitter user @NE_Carr)
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The second severe thunderstorm in less than a week. Hail was widespread; some stones were as large as hen's eggs, up to 4" accumulation ruined crops in the Shartlesville/Strausstown area; the storm also produced flash flooding, high winds and touched off numerous fires by its lightning.
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Pickeral Lake, MN (1991)
Hail 3" in diameter.