Heavy rain, gusty storms to strike Florida through Thursday
By By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
January 29, 2016, 2:48:16 AM EST
A wet and stormy weather pattern has set up over Florida and will bring the threat of severe weather and flooding downpours through Thursday.
Over an inch of rain fell in some cities on Wednesday, including Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Over 2 inches of rain fell in Fort Myers, on Monday with localized areas in Palm Beach County receiving 4 to 6 inches of rain.
The heavy, persistent rain across central and South Florida will raise flooding concerns through Thursday.
“Conditions will be conducive for locally heavy rain, causing temporary flooding, especially in areas of poor drainage,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said.
Some roads that sit in poor drainage areas may become bogged down with water which could make them impassible until the rain subsides.
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Not only will the surge of tropical moisture produce heavy rain across the state, but also thunderstorms that may spark severe weather.
According to Clark, this will not be a widespread severe weather outbreak, but the strongest storms may produce damaging wind gusts and possibly even some isolated tornadoes.
A severe thunderstorm on Wednesday morning spun up an EF-1 tornado near Coconut Creek and Broward, Florida that had a path of over two miles and resulted in two injuries, according to a damage survey conduced by the National Weather Service.
Sporadic power outages and property damage will be possible as the strong storms move through. If you are outside and hear thunder from an approaching storm, you should seek shelter immediately.
This week’s severe weather threat will encompass the same parts of Florida that were hit by severe storms earlier in the month, which left behind damage to buildings and caused two fatalities.
The wet, stormy weather is expected to diminish before the end of the week as a cold front sweeps across the state, clearing Florida of rain and thunderstorms by Friday.
Friday will mark the beginning of a new, drier weather pattern for Florida with rain-free weather lasting through the weekend and into the start of next week.
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